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Title: Winter Park-Maitland observer
Alternate title: Winter Park Maitland observer
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: G.J.W. Munster
Place of Publication: Winter Park FL
Publication Date: 01-19-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).
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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, Jan. 19, 2012 50+ tax wpmobserver.comSubscribe now!Visit wpmobserver.com In front of a packed room at the Winter Park Public Library, mayoral candidates Ken Bradley and Nancy Miles took occasional shots at each other while outlining their cam paign stances at a candidate forum on Jan. 12. The forum kicked off a trio of forums in a 25-hour period, giving voters an ample opportunity to get to know the candidates be fore the start of early voting. How did they fare? Well let the readers decide, taking the responses from the candi dates mouths about questions ranging from how to preserve the tree canopy to whether the City Commission has lost its social grac es. On managing trees in the city: Bradley: Our tree canopy money has not been decreased in our budget, Bradley said, in response to accusations that it had been. that govern the tree maintenance and where the money is spent, he said, something hed attempted to clarify. The last budget I asked unsatisfactory answers. He called for more scrutiny on how often trees are replaced, to maintain the citys aging tree canopy. Miles: I was concerned when I saw a bud get proposal that Ken made that recommend ed cutting $100,000 (from the tree budget), Miles said, adding that she thought that the city may be attempting to put more of the burden of trimming trees on residents. On maintaining resident input in the governing process: Miles: I think we need to have as many opportunities as possible, Miles said, in regard to giving residents access to city lead ers, adding that the timing of Commission meetings should possibly be moved. A 3:30 p.m. meeting just doesnt work with many The candidates for Maitland mayor answered residents ques tions for nearly three hours at a forum held Jan. 11. It was standing room only at the Maitland Civic Center, as Mayor Howard Schieferdecker, former Mayor Doug Kinson and political newcomer John Yanchunis took turns responding to questions posed by more than a dozen residents. Kinson is looking to recapture the post he resigned in order to run for Orange County Commis sion, a bid that proved unsuc cessful. Kinson, Schieferdecker, whom City Council chose in 2009 to take over for Kinson, and Yanchunis have similar overall goals for the city, including rede veloping the downtown, adding jobs and increasing the tax base. Where they differed was how to accomplish it. Heres what each candidate had to say about the downtown project and other important issues facing the city. Some of the questions and answers have been edited down for space con straints. For more election cover age, visit wpmobserver.com Q: What is your vision for downtown? Do we really need to duplicate chain stories such as CVS? Schieferdecker: It should be similar to Park Avenue but for Maitland. He stressed the con cept of complete street: moving forward with one block at a time, starting with the Packwood to Horatio avenues block, which includes extending Indepen dence Lane to George Avenue. This is the time we need to do this because as soon as we start developing, the price goes up Theres so much pent-up demand in this town for a little downtown, were going to do just that. We have a niche here in Maitland and were hoping to tap into that Bradley has kept our tax rates low and balanced our city budget without sacricing our essential services. Page 14Letters to the editor Healthy Living There may not be more vegetarians in the U.S., but there are expanding options for the lifestyle in Winter Park.Page 10 LifestylesResident-owned Charyli clothing boutique hosts its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 26, on Park Avenue.Page 8 Calendar The Winter Park Institute presents Dr. Kay Redeld Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind, on Monday, Jan. 23.Page 7 TAX DEFERREDFIXED ANNUITY RATE FOR 5 YEARS.Bob Adams 407-644-6646THE NATIONAL 5 YEAR CD RATE IS 1.34%3.50% 451 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701NEW Dermatology Ofce!407-599-SKIN (7546)*Waive co-payment up to $25 No referral needed Accepting all insurances Dr. John CottamDr. Ross Wheeler PHOtTO bBY IsSAAcC BABcCOcCK tTHE ObsBSErvRVErR Mayor Howard Schieferdecker from right, former Mayor Doug Kinson and newcomer John Y Y anchunis pose after the Concerned Citizens of Maitland forum held on Jan. 11. Please see mMAITlLAND on page 2Maitland candidates agree on a lot EEarly voting begins on Saturday and runs through Jan. 28 at the Winter Park Library JENNY AANDREAssSSON OObserver Staff PHOtTO bBY IsSAAcC BABcCOcCK tTHE ObsBSErvRVErR Winter Park mayoral candidates NNancy Miles and KKen BBradley pose at the Jan. 12 candidate forum at the Library. Please see wWINTER pP ARK on page 2 BBradley, Miles face off in forum IsISAAcC BBABcCOcCK OObserver Staff EEarly Voting in OOrange County runs Saturday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28. TThe only early voting location in the Winter Park/Maitland area is the Winter Park Library, 460 EE. NNew EEngland AA ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com Learn more

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Page 2 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver niche. Kinson: We should be doing master planning for the entire four-block area put the money in and do it right, he said in response to Schieferdeckers one-block-ata-time plan. He said doing it piece by piece would negatively affect the walkability of the four-block area. The decision-making is a little backward with respect to the de sign of the entire downtown, he said about the city moving forward with the Indepen dence Lane extension seemingly to please the CVS developer, something Schiefer decker denied. Yanchunis: When you see a downtown, you see an area with shops and restaurants. CVS falls into that category but its not the feel the downtown should be going for. He said folks should be able to shop during the day and eat dinner under the stars. Q: How much time can we expect you to give weekly as mayor? Yanchunis: Im not married, I have no children, I dont even have a dog and Im single. My own business (in wireless communications) is run without me and al lows so much free time, you cant imagine. He said hes a little younger than the other candidates hes 25 but hes willing to put in the time and resources necessary. Schieferdecker: Im here to work. I dont have any other job. Im not working at my business anymore, the semi-retired developer said. Hes putting in more than 40 hours a week as the mayor. Im commit ted for the next three years. Kinson: The mayor has to be available, in time and committed to the point where if anything happens, the commercial real estate agent said about the fact that being mayor is a 24-hour-a-day job. He said he was called away from Thanksgiving dinner for city business one year. Q: Whats the biggest mistake youve made as mayor? Kinson: His bright idea to institute a supermajority vote requirement on Council to guide downtown development. Yanchunis: He chose to address his expe rience since he hasnt been a mayor before. Ive logged 1,000 hours in city simulators imity to the citizens that need it most. Schieferdecker: I havent been here long enough, he said with a laugh. Q: There have been rumors about adult entertainment facilities being built in Mai tland and Eatonville. What would you do about that? Yanchunis: I agree they need to be an appropriate distance away from schools and child care. Schieferdecker: We dont have that problem because zoning prohibits those businesses anywhere in the city. Kinson: I would say no every time. $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong $5 offANY BAG of Natures Variety raw food, dry food or treatsWhile supplies last. Must be presented at time of purchase. 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Hounds & KittiesPet Health Food Market Where healthy is affordable407-637-2919144 Lake Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 Corner of 17-92 & Lake Ave. JOE MANNY 9/1/11 ALSO FIND US ON FACEBOOK Free trial size Natures Variety Raw dietw/any $5.00 purchaseWhile supplies last. must be presented at time of purchase. With S elect coupon. O ne coupon per visit, per customer. C annot be combined. E xp. 10/31/11. Two Free Natures variety dog or cat food cansw/any purchase. While supplies last. must be presented at time of purchase. With S elect coupon. O ne coupon per visit, per customer. C annot be combined. E xp. 10/31/11. Hounds & KittiesPet Health Food Market Where healthy is affordable407-637-2919144 Lake Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 Corner of 17-92 & Lake Ave. mMAITlLAND | KKinson says downtown should be master-planned, current mayor says do it a block at a time C OONTINUEED FROOM frFROntNT paPAGE peoples schedules. She also suggested video recording meetings and having those recordings available for download on the citys website, which could allow residents who are unable to attend the meeting to do so, virtually, at a later time. Bradley: They dont want to watch epics, Bradley said about residents enduring long meetings in the past. Making government weve done. He said that hed helped make meetings run more lic input. How they would use their experi ence to help increase jobs and busi nesses in the city: Bradley: Winter Park Hospital has 700 jobs, good jobs, above average pay for this community, said Bradley, who is the senior vice president of Winter Park Me morial Hospital. Bonnier Corp. brought 50 jobs here, Bradley said of the magazine company that set up shop in Winter Park is a place where [residents] shop, buy homes, go to school. Miles: Losing a longstand ing business is very troubling, Miles said, referring to longtime Winter Park business RLF de ciding to move to Baldwin Park after the city refused a deal with the company that would have remodeled the Dan T. McCarty voted against the deal. We need to make sure that anyone wanting to open a business in this city is really and truly welcomed. Would either candidate try to ban smoking in the city? Miles: I can dine without smoke in my face, Miles said, stating that current laws already cover that to some extent. My dad died of emphysema but to say to someone you cannot smoke in a public park, I could not sup port that. We need to maintain our individual rights. Bradley: I dont personally smoke, but I respect the rights of those who do, Bradley said. He mentioned the citys smoke-free month, though he admitted that enforcement had no teeth. Ken needs a chocolate-free zone, he joked. Top challenges facing the citys next mayor? Bradley: Balancing the tax base, he said. Weve got to do that by building jobs. He added that the city needs to continue to improve its general fund reserves, which he said hes helped do. If this city had been where it was three years ago, wed be talking about bankruptcy. We certainly wouldnt be talking about how great this city is. Miles: Making sure commuter rail is used as it should be used, she said, advocating ridership in centives, from either the city or business owners. She also said the city should continue to build its general fund reserves to keep major hit with the last hurricane, she said. She also said shed work to manage the citys debt. wWINTER pP ARK | BBoth mayoral candidates say they oppose a smoking ban in Winter Parks public areas C OONTINUEED FROOM frFROntNT paPAGE PHOtTO cCOurtURTEsSY OfF cCITY OF mMAITlLAND Preliminary plans for Maitlands downtown infrastruture extend Independence Lane east to GGeorge Avenue. 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Page 3 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver 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 2011 HOLIDAY TOY D RIVE Thank you for your generous support of our kidsNew Hope for Kids provides specialized support to children and families grieving the loss of a loved one and grants wishes to children with life-challenging illnesses in Central Florida. In 2011, New Hope for Kids granted 47 wishes to girls and boys and assisted over 350 children through grief facilitation. Because we do not receive any funding from government agencies, the personal donations so generously given by individuals and local organizations are so important to the success of our mission to bring hope, healing and renewal to our community. We are so thankful for our dedicated Board of Directors, Volunteers and the generosity of the Central Florida community in another successful TOY DRIVE for our families. For more information please call 407.331.3059 ext. 10 or visit www.newhopeforkids.org Barrett Farms Brio Tuscan Grille Brunswick Wekiva Bowling Lanes Center Academy Clear Channel Community Patrons Cracker Barrel Del Dee Bistro Dennys DPR Construction Fields BMW 1st Southern Bank FiServ Florida Respiratory Therapy Full Sail University Hannover Life Re Institute of Internal Auditors L & J Accessories Maitland Massage Mirtha Valdes Martin CPA Natures Table Panera Bread PayChecks Sports Cuts Haircuts Universal Studios Florida Whole Foods Wyndham Worldwide Winter Parker tells of Afghanistan tourLocal son and Winter Park na tive PFC Radio Medivac Operator Justin Reliford returned from ghanistan to say that the one thing above all that he learned was, dont take things for granted. Take water for example. He said that some days you had to wait rumbling down the road after go ing for one long day without a re liable supply of water. During his two-week break from the war, Reliford reconnect ed with family, friends and his workmates at Winter Park Care and Rehabilitation Center. But next Tuesday he will gear up and ing hours through Germany and Kuwait to return to FOB Shank, his base in the eastern region of the country. Relifords father, who works as environmental manager at our facility, proudly stood at the rear of the audience joining with 50 others who listened intently to the presentation and then peppered Justin with questions about the Afghan culture as well as the progress of war. The audience looked at the views of Afghani stan as shot by Reliford hanging from an Apache helicopter as he leaned out in 6,000 of nothing but dry, hot air. The brown mountains towered and the ground looked as barren as the moon. Reliford re turns to Afghanistan for a sevenmonth stint that already is chang ing the way this brave, yet still personable young man sees his life and the world. Larry Limbaugh Chaplain Winter Park Care and Rehabilitation Center Honoring the citys heritage PHOtTOsS bBY IsSAAcC BABcCOcCK (TOTOP) andAND JENNY AANDREAssSSON (ABOvVE) tTHE ObsBSErvRVErR Winter Park Mayor K Ken B Bradley, above, opens the Unity H Heritage Festival on Monday, Jan. 16, which was observed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Israel family, top, was among two families honored for being among the founding families of Winter Park.

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Page 4 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver USPS 00-6186 ISSN 1064-3613 1500 Park Center DDrive OOrlando, FFL 32835-5705 Member of: GGoldenrod 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 2012 EEstablished in 1989 by GGerhard J.W. Munster www.wpmobserver.com | Phone: 407-563-7000 | Fax: 407-563-7099 | editor@observernewspapers.com P.OO BBox 2426 Winter Park, FFL 32790 Published TThursday, Jan. 19, 2012 CONTAONTACTTS Volume 24, IIssue NNumber 3 PUBLISHEHER KKyle TT aylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com manaMANAGinING EEDITOOR Jenny AAndreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DEESIGGNEER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com REEPOORTEERS Jenny AAndreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com IIsaac BBabcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com LEGalsALS | ClassifiLASSIFIEdsDS AAshley McBBride legal@FLAlegals.com classieds@observernewspapers.com COOPYY EEDITOORS IIsaac BBabcock isaacb@observernewspapers.com Padrick BBrewer COOLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis RRoney LRoney@c.rr.com Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com ADVEERTISINGG SALEES ManaANAGErR TT racy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com subscriptiSUBSCRIPTIOnsNS | circulatiCIRCULATIOnN AAmanda RRayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com intINTErnRN AAndy Ceballos BBusiness BBriefs Community BBulletin Homestead exemption OOrange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan would like homeowners to be aware that now is the time to le for a homestead exemption. If you bought and occupied a home prior to January 1, 2012, you may be eligible for a signicant tax savings; an average of $742 annually for most homeowners, Done gan said. The Property Appraisers website has a simple and quick feature that allows residents to le online. Visit www.ocpa.org STETEM innovation Fifty-ve students at E E dgewater HHigh School will have the oppor tunity to learn and apply STE E M skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation G Genera tion grant from the Motorola So lutions Foundation. E E dgewater HHigh School students enrolled in a computer animation and robotics course will work in teams to build Lego Mindstorm Robots that will complete advanced tasks while incorporating sounds and expres sions.Student scholarsJunior Mitchell Tomlinson of Mait land has been named to the 2011 fall semester Deans List at West Virginia Wesleyan. The following area residents have been named to the Deans List at Providence College for the Fall 2011 semester: Kelly Branham of Winter Park Chandler McCabe of Winter Park United AArts AArtfest United Arts kicks off its annual fundraising campaign with ArtsFest, happening Feb. 1-29. All ArtsFest events are free and open to the public, although some of ferings have limited seating and capacity, which are referred to as Tickets Are Limited events. To make reservations for Tickets Are Limited events, visit ArtsFestFL. com by 21 and click on the Ticket Lottery button on the homepage.Volunteer for Literacy The Foundation for O O range County Public Schools is asking the com munity to consider volunteering, for one hour a week during the school year, to improve literacy in children though the Read2Succeed program. G Go to www.foun dationforocps.org to register as a mentor today.Help build wheelchair rampsThe Center for Independent Liv ing (CIL) is in need of donations and volunteers for RAMPAGE GE an annual, one-day event on Feb. 25, where volunteers will build wheelchair ramps. To donate, or for more information, please con tact Lindsey Koeneman at 407623-1070 x 127 or LKoeneman@ cilorlando.org DDr. William Steele, the local dermatologist who won the $198 million Powerball jack pot in 2009, won the largest rafe prize at the Shepherds H Hope Famous Faces Mas querade Ball in O October. H He donated the entire $10,000 back to Sheperds H Hope, bringing the familys total 2011 donation to them to $150,000. Winston James D Developer reports it re cently closed on two lease agreements at Aloma Business Center, which was de veloped by Winston-James Development, LLC, and located on Aloma Avenue in Win ter Park. CommerCenters, LLC, which has developed ex warehouse distribution centers, is shifting its focus to private equity funds and investments. G George Livingston, a principal, said they will invest in rental apartment properties driven by work force and population growth, senior housing and assisted living facilities, and new medical facilities, especially those that are agerelated. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, E E ngineers & Planners LLC, based in O O rlandos Baldwin Park, recently appointed B Bill Steward senior electrical designer. For the sixth time in the past seven years (2005-2011) FF annie Hillman + A Associ ates has been named the Best Residential Real E E state O O fce in Central Florida for 2011 by the readers of the O Orlando Busi ness Journal. RBRBC B Bank delivered 2,400 pounds of food this holiday season, and more than 350 toys to those less fortunate in the Central Florida community, thanks to the generos ity of local residents, employees, the Sec ond H H arvest Food Bank of Central Florida and XL 106.7. This holiday season, more than two dozen RRLFF employees gave back to the community by participating in H Herman Millers We Care program, which is a nationwide holiday gathering supporting children in the Boys & GGirls Clubs of America. RRLFF staffers embraced the spirit of giv ing with more than 150 children by helping create gift holiday key chains. The Winter Park-based architectural, engineering and interior design rm donated all the craft materials and raised nearly $800, which will help send several local Boys & G G irls Club children to a well-known leadership conference. Garden ice Winter Park Towers, a nonprot active living communi ty, boasts a thriving community garden planned, planted and tended to by residents. OOne of the gardeners fa vorite aspects of the garden is creating these beautiful living ice sculptures dur ing the few and far between Central Florida freezes. Caring crusade Jewish Family Services wrapped up another holiday season with the hugely successful GGet Caught Caring campaign. Toy collec tions from businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the community brought in mountains of toys for children in need. Nearly 700 toys were distributed to families this year. In addition, $7,000 in contributions was allocated to provide food for hungry families for their holiday meals. KKind kids Jewish Family Services youth volunteers and their parents brought a party to the Chil drens H Home Society of Florida during this holiday season. The visit was part of JFS an nual JFS Kinder-to-Kinder program, which gives youth an opportunity to give back to other children in the spirit of volunteerism. To become a volunteer, or for more infor mation about JFS, please call 407-644-7593 or visit jfsor lando.org NNutty buddies Second-grade classes from G Grand Avenue and Audubon Park E Ele mentary Schools recently met up with their Skype buddies to watch A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas at the O Orlando Repertory Theatre. The students have been communicating with each other about books and reading since the beginning of the semester. The idea for both classes to Skype together and the eld trip was arranged by H Hope Bitzer, a Rollins College senior education major, who interned in both second-grade classes.

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Page 5 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver The Wildcats lost their fourth a 51-48 loss on Jan. 13. Coupled with a loss the night before to dis trict rival Colonial, the Wildcats of the district standings. Though the Wildcats (4-14, 0-4) have struggled throughout the season, two hard back-to-back losses against their district foes may have dealt the most crippling blow to the teams postsea son chances. Hosting Colonial on Jan. 12, they had no trouble spreading the points around, with three players scoring in double digits. They jumped out to an early lead on strong shooting, going up 16-7 in Michael Merlano led the way with a sparkling 18-point perfor mance when he hit 100 percent also led in rebounds, grabbing 10 boards in the game. A wild performance by Malcolm Laws added up to 14 points and six rebounds. But those key players werent enough to lift the team over the Grenadiers, who came back with a vengeance in the second and third quarter, then held out in the fourth for the 63-52 win. Jan. 13 it was the Wildcats at tempting a comeback, after fall outgunned the Wolves in the sec ond, but then struggled to keep minute of play, ending in a heart breaking 51-48 tally. district foe, in the second of backto-back games to end the week. 19, hosting Ocoee. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m., with the Knights possibly giving the Wildcats their best chance at a recovery this sea son. Theyre 6-12 on the season, coming off a two-game losing streak. After that the Wildcats face University (12-4, 2-1), who have already defeated the Wildcats once this season. That game tips off in Winter Park at 7:30 p.m. Fri day. EEdgewater The Eagles have continued on their tear in district play, at 13-5 overall and 6-0 in the district. Their most recent conquest was a 59-18 obliteration of district rival Deltona, the third time the Eagles have at least doubled the Wolves score this season. The closest any district team has come to beating the Eagles was a 56-41 blowout of Seabreeze at the start of Decem ber. Tuesday night at press time the Eagles took on Pine Ridge for the last time in the regular season. On Thursday theyll be in Apop ka to take on the Blue Darters at 7:30 p.m. Apopka (6-12, 1-5) has only had two wins in the last six weeks. Winter Park Wildcats fall, EEdgewater EEagles soar IsISAAcC BBABcCOcCK OObserver Staff Knights slip in C-USA playThe Knights tripped up a little in their long run over the top of their Conference USA competi tion, falling to Marshall in a nailbiter that went down to the last shot of the game on Jan. 14. But the Knights kept it interest ing throughout, never behind the Thundering Herd by more than eight points and battling back two minutes of play. Only on a missed lay-up by Marcus Jordan in a comeback attempt that could have kept their conference win streak alive. Jordan had a tough night over all, shooting just 17.6 percent on the night, while collecting two rebounds and an assist. Leading the way for the Knights, Keith Clanton dropped 14 points in the basket, grabbed 8 boards, forced 5 turnovers and did it all in just 26 minutes on the court. Isaiah Sykes strong play continued with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. The Knights bench also made big contributions, with Tristan Spurlock picking up 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 min utes. UCF played conference foe Memphis at home at press time on Wednesday, but will continue their run through their densely packed conference schedule with a game at UAB at 2 p.m. Jan. 21. The Blazers (5-11, 0-3) have had a tough time so far this season, with the worst overall and conference play records in C-USA. After facing UAB the Knights will continue their road trip, heading to Tulsa for an 8 p.m. Jan. 25 tip-off. The Golden Hurricane (9-9, 2-2) has been perfectly even so far this season with a tied record and sitting dead center in the C-USA rankings. IsISAAcC BBABcCOcCK OObserver Staff PHOtTO bBY jJENNY ANDREAssSSON ObsBSErvRVErR staffSTAFF TThis 9/11 memorial features one of the two surviving New Y Y ork heavy-rescue re trucks. RRescue memorial stops by the city

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Page 6 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver Residents of Maitland and oth er cities throughout Florida often believe that all plants along their lakefront are weeds that should be permanently removed. Most are not aware that these plants can be separated into three distinct role in Floridas aquatic ecosystems. Lakefront homeowners can easily identify and understand the difference between those that learn how to properly manage and maintain them. Aquatic plants generally consist of species that are native, nuisance or exotic/non-native. A native plant is one that is found naturally in Florida and has not been introduced by human activ pollutants such as fertilizer from upland areas, provide habitat and a food source for other species, and stabilize shorelines to prevent erosion. Common native aquatic vegetation found in Maitland consists of plants such as pickerel weed (Pontedaria cordata), duck potato (Sagittaria lancifolia), and bulrush (Scirpus californicus). On the other hand, although nuisance plants can be species that naturally occur in Florida, most of the time they have a negative effect upon their habitat. Two species common in Maitland that fall into the nuisance category are cattails (Typha spp.) and primrose willow (Ludwigia octovalvis/peruviana). Though they may be pleasing to the eye, cattails do not provide an edible seed source for organisms, and they also release an abundance of nutrients into water bodies during their decomposition. Like its counterpart, primrose willow also has a tendency to overgrow and crowd out native plants in disturbed aquatic and wetland areas. Finally, non-native, or exotic, plants are species that have been introduced from another country or region. Because these plants are not naturally found in Flori da, they do not have any natural mechanisms of control (such as predators, diseases, etc.). Without insects or other organisms to control their growth, they often form a monoculture. This condition exists when one solitary species completely occupies a given area. Common non-native aquatic spe cies in Maitland include hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), torpedo grass (Panicum repens), and sal vinia (Salvinia minima). So, now that you know how to classify aquatic plants, how can you properly manage them? Almost all cases in which aquatic vegetation is being removed from a shoreline, especially through the use of herbicide, will require a permit from Maitlands Storm water and Lakes Management Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Permits typically allow the establishment of a cleared access corridor sized according to a resi dents lake frontage, along with the removal of exotic/nuisance species from the remainder of the shoreline and their replacement with native aquatic plants. How ever, these permits do not allow the creation nor maintenance of a beach or cleared shoreline. Please take note that even though a shoreline may have been main tained in non-compliance for years, it is still considered a violation of state and city code and must be re-vegetated or allowed to re-grow as needed. To determine what species are present on your lot and ensure that the appropriate permits have been maintained for your lake front, please contact the Storm water and Lakes Management Division at 407-539-6203 for a consultation. Marissa Williams Stormwater and Lakes Management coordinator City Council A A genda of Jan. 23City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23 in the Coun cil Chambers, 1776 Independence Lane. Below are items that will be addressed at that meeting. Special PresentationsTax Exemption Referendum The Honorable Bill Donegan, Or ange County Property Appraiser Maitland Chamber Update Maria Alverez Simmons, Executive Director Heritage Lands Pushpa Seth Recess Council Meeting/Con vene CRA Meeting DDecision CRA Resolution for Budget Amendment #1 Adjourn CRA Meeting/Reconvene Council Meeting Consent AAgenda: Approve Council Minutes of Jan. 9 Receive Charter Review Com mission Minutes of Nov. 21 Towing Contract Tri County Towing Contract Sting Ray Chevro let Resolution Termination of Easements Change Order Fire Station #45 DDecision IItem: Ordinance Development Agreement Amendment Process CRA Request Budget Amend ment #1 Resolution FDOT Joint Use Agreement Rail Station Resolution FDOT Locally Funded Agreement DDiscussion IItem: Maitland Art & History Association resignations/management status Requested by Council man Bonus For updates, please check our website at www.itsmymaitland. com EEmployees of the year Each year we recognize three individuals as our outstanding employees of the year. At this time, I would like to congratulate the following employees for their dedication, commitment and out standing work to make our city the best place to live, work and play in Florida: Employee of the year: Caleena Shirley Spinelli Morrissey Thank you for your wonderful service to our community!January 23 City Commission Meeting topics of interestThere will be a City Commis sion meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Below are a few topics of interest: Mayors Report Employee of the Quarter Mark Brown, Electric Utility Spe cialist Appointment of Martin Lu ther King Jr. Task Force Approval of the citys 125th Anniversary Task Force Holiday window contest winners City Managers RReport Scheduling Strategic Planning Session City AAttorneys RReport Further consideration of the settlement agreement proposed by Sydgan in the case of Sydgan Corp. v. City of Winter Park, Or ange County Circuit Court case number 2011-CA-001709-O Consent AAgenda Approve the minutes of Jan. 9. Approve various purchases and contracts. Approve the Winter Park Neighborhood Enhancement Matching Grant requests for the following neighborhoods: Chateaux du Lac Hannibal Square CLT Neighborhood Association Park Green Community Association Temple Sunset Neighbor hood Association Approve the expenditures of State Law Enforcement For feiture Funds ($6,000) as follows: $1,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for the 4th an nual Chief Challenge fundraiser; and $5,000 to assist the Prescrip tion Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to aid in reducing the scope of prescription drug abuse and diversion in Florida. Request for partial fee waiv er in Central Park for the Michael Andrews/Swingerhead concert AAction IItems RRequiring DDiscussion Negotiation for First Right of Refusal for acquisition of the Post enuePublic HearingsRequest of Jim Veigle Proper ties LLC: Second reading of the ordi nance amending the comprehen sive plan future land-use map so as to change the future land-use designation of Single-family Res the property at 1210 Dallas Ave. and amending planning area J Policy 1-4.1.J.11 in the future land use element to add an exception to the encroachment of non-resi dential land use Second reading of the ordi ing map so as to change the exist ing zoning designation of Single Family Residential (R-1A) Dis trict to Parking Lot (PL) District at 1210 Dallas Avenue. Resolution setting forth the citys intent to use the uniform ad valorem assessment for prop erties abutting Via Salerno and stallation of underground electri cal/BHN facilities Request of Rollins College: Conditional use approval to de molish and rebuild Strong Hall located adjacent to the corner of Holt Avenue and Hanna Way on the campus at 1000 Holt Ave., zoned PQP Request of Perth Lane Prop erties, LLC: Conditional use ap proval to build a new two story; building at 100 Perth Lane, zoned Request of Denning Partners, Ltd. for the property at 861 West Canton Avenue: First reading of the ordi nance changing the designation of Single Family Residential to High Density Residential First reading of the ordi nance changing the designation of Single Family Residential (R1A) to Multi-Family (High Den sity R-4). Request of Winter Park Redevelopment Agency, Ltd.: Conditional use approval to construct a 470 square foot, previously approved restaurant pavilion building at 400 W. New England Ave., zoned C-2 City Commission RReports Commissioner Leary Commissioner Sprinkel Commissioner Cooper Commissioner McMacken Mayor Bradley full agenda and information on www.cityofwinterpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets. EE arly Voting The Winter Park Public Li brary will host early voting for Orange County residents in the urday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comHomegrown always tastes better. Experience homegrown gardening: Winter Park City Talk BY RRANDY KKNIghGHT CITY MANAGER Maitland City Talk BY HOwW ARD SchCHIEFERDEcCKER MAYOR Shoreline vegetation Shirley Spinelli Morrissey

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Page 7 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver 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. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd Oviedo FL 32765 Proceeds bene t local Optimist youth programs and childhood cancer campaigns. Hosted by Oviedo Police, Winter Springs Police and Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012 10 AM 4 PM www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com PUBLIC & LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSESENTRY FEES $25Paid by 12/31/11$35After 1/1/2012 Young Guns16-21 Pay your age CLUB DISCOUNTSFREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION COPS N CARS FOR KIDS Calendar JANAN. 19 FFloridas Medicaid Waiver and Long-TT erm Care webinar is Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and will discuss Floridas Medicaid program and changes that lie ahead for long-term care providers and beneciaries. Reserve your webinar seat now at tinyurl.com/ Medicaid-webinar EEndangered Snail K Kites by Zach Welch is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. The program is free. It is located at Leu G Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., OOrlando. For more information, call 407-6372525 or visit orangeaudubon.org There will be a presentation on the history of Maitlands Central Parks at the Maitland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Resident Pushpa Seth has made discoveries about the history of the block of land familiarly known as the Municipal Complex. Register by calling 407647-7700. JANAN. 20 The Winter Park Playhouse presents the Central Florida premiere of the hit off-Broadway musi cal comedy II Love Y Y ou B Because A A ModernDDay Musical Love Story, running Jan. 20Feb. 11. Visit winterparkplayhouse.org The Breakthrough Theatre will present the Mark Medoff play, Children of a Lesser God, from Jan. 20 Feb. 5. Visit breakthroughtheatre. com The EG EGAD! Art lab will be hosting an Art E Exhibi tion titled NNo Stone Unturned, which is an exhibit of photography by O Observer culture col umnist Josh G Garrick. The reception will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and the exhibit will be open from Jan. 20 to Feb.12. It is located at 1405 HHighland Ave. in Melbourne. JANAN. 21 The First Congregational Church of Winter Park will be holding a RRummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. It is located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park, on the corner of New EEngland and Interlachen Avenue. OOn Saturday, Jan. 21, the Maitland Womans Club will be holding its winter AAntiques and Collectibles Sale at the Maitland Civic Center. This is a fundraiser for local organizations and charities. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be for sale. There is no admittance and parking is free. For more information, call Linda at 407-830-6373. EEarly Voting is scheduled to begin in O Orange County on Saturday, Jan 21. Ten centers are available to eligible voters through Saturday, Jan. 28, including: Winter Park Library, 460 E E. New E England Ave., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day) Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com for more infor mation. Camellia Society of Central Floridas (CSCF) 66th AAnnual Camellia Show and F F estival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mead Botanical G Garden at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, it is Floridas largest camellia show. For more information call 407886-7917 or visit camelliac.com The OOrange A Audubon Society will take a eld trip to the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area and nearby O Overstreet Road on Saturday, Jan. 21. Meet to carpool at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the now-closed Albertsons at the corner of South O Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. For more information, contact Bob Sand ers at 407-454-0542. The Maitland Art Center hosts a bronze pour on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pour is free and open to the public. The band 20 Shades will have a performance at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at The H Haven. It is located at 6700 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. The band will be performing songs from their new album, Birth. JANAN. 23 At 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, the Winter Park In stitute at Rollins College will host an event with guest speaker Dr. Kay Redeld Jamison a psychiatry professor, author of A An Unquiet Mind and recipient of many scientic awards. It is free and open to the public. Visit rollins.edu/ wpi JANAN. 24 Buy your 2012 FFlorida F Film F F estival ticket packages and passes now and you may get a coveted G Golden Ticket. E Every other Tuesday starting Jan. 24, a winner will be drawn at ran dom. Visit www.oridalmfestival.com for more information. JANAN. 25 FFun with F Flowers will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Winter Park G Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Win ter Park. Making a oral arrangement for your home, H Happy New Y Y ear, will be held on this day. The cost to attend is $20. Please pay by Jan. 20. For more information, call 407-6445770. In a series of Morse Museum lectures starting in January, three of todays most noted American scholars in the elds of architecture and deco rative arts will provide their insights into Laurelton Hall. The speakers include Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Alice Cooney Frelinghuy sen on Jan. 25. Admission is free. The lectures are at 2:30 p.m. Visit MorseMuseum.orgVisit wpmobserver.com/events for more details. Send submissions to editor@observernewspapers. com Station dedication The Maitland Fire Stations dedication ceremony is 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, on Packwood Avenue between Maitland Av enue and Independence Lane. For more information, visit itsmymaitland.com Mary Proctor at the Heritage Center African-American artist Missionary Mary Proctor will speak at the opening reception for an exhibit of her distinctive work. It will be open from Friday, Jan. 20, through Saturday, April 21, at the H Hannibal Square H Heritage Center in Winter Park. Proctor will speak at the opening reception, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 20, at the center.

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Page 8 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland OObserver Lifestyles After raising four children and sending two of them off to college, Winter Park resident Lisa West de cided late last year it was time to give life to her newest brainchild: Charyli. Charyli, the newest clothing boutique to open on Park Avenue is the culmination of her two de cades of motherhood, 30 years in fashion merchandising and a lifelong dream of opening her own store, West said. This is something Ive always wanted to do, but I just didnt think it was possible, but one thing lead to another, and look! West said, motioning around her Park Avenue store, Here we are. of each of her childrens names, Chad, Hannah, Ryan and Lind say, Charyli (pronounced Char lie), opened in mid-November in the space between Starbucks and the Gap on South Park Avenue previously held by the Vino! wine bar. The store, focusing on unique and affordable womens fashion, ing on Thursday, Jan. 26. FF ashion in the family West, a graduate of the Florida State University fashion-merchandising program, worked in retail, both as a fashion buyer and sales associate her entire adult life until motherhood took over. With two of her children now off at FSU themselves, she decided it was time for her to get back to work. I went back into the retail world, looking for a part-time job, she said. But with the economy the way it is, even with my experience it took me over a year After dipping her toes back into the fashion world by eventu ally landing two part-time jobs, her family urged her to jump in My sister asked me last New Years what my resolution was, and I told her I didnt have one, West said. She said that this was ly open my own store, and I think I laughed her off. I had four kids and two jobs, it didnt seem pos sible. Yet 10 months later she was signing a lease, and a month later opening her very own store in the heart of Winter Park I wouldnt have done it anywhere else, she said. To buy merchandise for the daughters to Los Angeles Lindsay a student at FSU, and Hannah a sophomore at Winter Park High School. All of Hannahs friends say the store looks like Hannahs dream closet, and all of Lindsays friends say the same thing about her, and my friends the same about me, West said. When asked to describe the store, Wests friend and volunteer at the shop, Liz Lovaglio, said, Its Lisas everything in here is just Lisa. FFilling a void From name brand clothing brands and designers, like BCBG Generation and Free People, to jewelry pieces from around the world, West said Charyli offers something for everyone, but also something different than what enue store. Different and affordable were the two things I really wanted to accomplish in this store, West said. Were trying to bring in different things that other people dont have on the Avenue. She cross checks with her mer chandisers to make sure no one on the street carries the same products shes ordering, to both ensure shes not stepping on any ones toes and that her store can pieces. If anyone else on the Avenue already has it, even if its great, she said, I dont want it. What she does want, she said, Park Avenue in affordable clothing. Nothing in her store, despite its intimate, designer boutique feel, she says, costs more than $200. By offering private shopping parties, wine and cheese nights, and reaching out to the Rollins College community, West is doing her best to make Charyli a shop ping destination on Park Avenue. I just want to keep everybody happy and loving to shop here, and provide a fun, unique atmosphere to keep customers wanting to come back, she said. 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 PHOtTOsS bBY IsSAAcC BABcCOcCK tTHE ObsBSErvRVErR Lisa West opened Charyli, a clothing boutique that bears the rst two letters of her four childrens names. She said its a culmination of motherhood, merchandising and a lifelong dream. RResident opens boutique on Jan. 26 SARAhH WIlsLSON OObserver Staff Charyli boutique is located at 400 Park AA ve. South, Ste. 120, in Winter Park. FFor more information about the boutique, and its grand opening on TThursday, Jan. 26, visit their FF acebook page at www. facebook.com/Charyli Learn more Plan your weekend withThe Weekender!This weekly newsletter keeps you up to date on events happening in Central Florida's cities, including Winter Park, Maitland, OOviedo, Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Waterford Lakes.Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to NNewsletter"

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Page 9 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer FamilyCalendar John Rivers founded 4 Rivers restaurant in Winter Park in October 2009. The restaurant chain grew up fast, now boasting three locations and plans to add 24 more across the country. After celebrating the two-year tion, John Rivers announced that the 1,350-square-foot smokehouse would relocate three blocks east, to 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., a space previously occupied by J&W Landscaping Services, in March. The main reason for the move, Rivers said, is to provide muchneeded parking volume the current location has just 13 parking spots, and the new venue will have 81. The new 6,995-square-foot space will almost triple the size of the restaurant and include indoor and outdoor seating. The Observer sat down with Rivers this week to learn more about the move as well as his plans for the future. Observer: Now that you are moving your Winter Park restau rant to a venue with larger seating, do you think that there will be still be lines that extend into the street? Rivers: I think so, the inside design in the front area is not going to change, the design itself still brings people through, in front of the food, in front of the carving and everything else, and that naturally creates a line. O: Other than the increased size, what were some other rea restaurant? R: The reason we moved really is the parking issue itself Im doing this because its the right thing to do, for the neigh borhood thats behind us right now it burdens me, when I pull up, and I see the long line, people are happy. Im happy with that, and I wouldnt change that, but when I watch them try to park, and the amount of hassle that it is, it shouldnt be that way. O: What do you think is your recipe for success? R: Figuratively? Its very sim ple; its God and good food. And I think it really is that simple too. Literally? Those two are two key components to it. Word of mouth, is amazing I always tell all of my employees that you treat everyone who walks through that door like friends and family you combine that personalized treatment with good food, good high-quality, fresh-made food, and in a clean and exciting envi ronment, I think that makes a dif ference. O: Are you planning to add more recipes to your menu? R: Im always cooking. Im always developing recipes. Its something Im passionate about and I love doing. And what most of those recipes translate to, its either a special, a sandwich or soup or a new dessert that I cre ate. Or we tend to do different, ei ther catering events, where well put some different items out there or weve got a Food Network event coming up at the end of Feb ruary. It gives me the opportunity to play around with something thats a little bit different than just your traditional barbecue, kind of, you know, knock everything up a notch or two. O: What other places are you planning to expand to? R: My plan right now, is to open 24 of them, across the coun try Were not in a hurry; well open one at a time Probably one to two new units a year. O: Why do you think that your restaurant has become so popular in Central Florida? R: People are very pas sionate about barbecue. When you bring them something thats different and high quality, made fresh every day in a different type of setting, and you make it excit ing and you personalize it for them. O: What do your in-laws in Texas think of your specialty bris ket? R: My in-laws? Theyre not brisket cookers necessarily but they love it. Every time that we go and we visit in Texas, it means a lot to me that they ask me to bring my brisket, to Texas anytime a Texan comes through the line, or somebody from the south Midwest area Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas City and they tell me its good or better from what they had at home, that means a lot to me . Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC2400 N Forsyth Rd., Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32807Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 17 years! Scan QR Code ARCHIVE PHotoOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK tTHE oOBSERVER 4 Rivers owner John Rivers, left, and The Food Networks A Adam Gertler stand behind a 30-foot-long skewer at the C Cows n C Cabs event Oct. 22, held in Winter Park. RRivers agship Winter Park store will be moving about three blocks east in order to accomodate more parking. 4 Rivers lays out plansDANIEL RICO Guest Writer Maitland presents the CChildrens AArt & History Festival on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on S Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A A&HHs Maitland A Art C Cen ter, located at 231 W. Packwood AAve. Only 60 tickets are available. Thirty are available through the AArtsFest lottery. V Visit www.AArts FestFl.com through Jan. 21 and click on the Ticket Lottery button. The 2012 Metropolitan O Opera NNational C Council Florida Vocal CCompetition is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. S Saturday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Preparatory S School A Auditorium, located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane in Winter Park. C Call 407-922-4688 or SSwantje1@hotmail.com The S Seasons 52 Park A A venue 5.2k is at 7:30 a.m. on S Saturday, Jan. 21, (3.2 miles). V Visit tinyurl. com/seasons5k The A Art & History Museums Maitland adult and children classes begin on Monday Jan. 23. VVisit www.AArtandHHistory.org Maitland Public LLibrary events: Reading B Buddies, a reading en hancement program, will happen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, with fun activities for k-2 graders. Maitlands C Central Parks: O Our CCultural Heritage, a presentation on the history of Maitlands C Cen tral Parks, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. R Register by calling 407-647-7000. There will be blood pressure checks by the Maitland Fire & Rescue at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. A An LCCCC S Social Networking Lab, will happen at 10 a.m. Please reg ister to attend. LCCLCC: How to C Create Poetry workshop, Part 1 will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on S Saturday, Jan. 21. Please register to attend. There will be an LCC LCC L Literature SScience Fiction presentation on AAnime from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. Please register to attend. There will be an LCCLCC S Social N Net working event for seniors at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Learn how to use S Skype. Please register to attend. BBooks to Die For! Mystery B Book CClub will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The title select ed for January is SSarahs Key by De RRosnay. What you need to know about Medicare presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Please regis ter to attend. AA C Contemporary A Author B Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25. at 1:30 p.m. The title selected for January is Paris Wife by McLain. 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Page 10 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Healthy LLiving Two little girls sit at a table eating dinner, their plates heaped with green stuff and it isnt ar broccoli, green edamame, green dressing, all over brown rice. There arent any of the squeals of protest you might imagine hearing from a 9and 6-year old, just the silence that comes when people are really enjoying a meal. This Winter Park family lives on vegetables. Anika, 9, and Kse nia Goel, 6, have been mostly vegan all of their lives. They and casionally, but their mom, Gretchen Goel, hasnt eaten any animal products in six years. I choose it because I choose to make conscious decisions, and I want to live in a planet that is clean, where animals are not being tortured and treated inhumanely and where people are healthy, and I think we can achieve all these goals, Goel said.Growing interestThere isnt exact research on how many vegetarians there are in the U.S., but most polls and re search place the number at about 3 percent of the population. That number hasnt changed much, so vegetarian and vegan diets dont seem to be a growing trend in the U.S., but its clear that more people are interested in the idea. Theres the Meatless Monday so cial media campaign, which is ex actly what it sounds like, soy milk and veggie burgers can be found on almost any grocery store shelf, even fast food restaurants have jumped on board. Winter Park and the Orlando area are hosts to many vegetarian and vegan restaurants and bak eries, including Caf 118, Loving Hut and Dandelion Communitea Caf. Theres been a huge change in said Kelly Shockley, owner of Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando. Shockley wouldnt tell any one when he went vegan in 2002 because people were rearing to argue about the lifestyle choice. It sounded crazy to some people then, but now his restaurant, which he opened in 2007 after lando, is a popular place that serves a variety of customers 70 percent of whom he says arent vegetarian or vegan. People are starting to open up to it, he said. Healthy choiceA lot of that may be the posi tive research backing the choice; science is on the side of a plantbased diet. A vegetarian diet has been proven to lower the risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, lower blood pressure, and even reverse some of those diseases. Amy Sindler, a registered di etician and licensed nutritionist who works at the Orlando VA Medical Center, couldnt name one drawback to the diet. And for those who claim people were meant to eat meat, she disagrees. They werent, she said. We 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. For more information about vegetarianism, The Vegetarian Resource Group is a good start, www.vrg.org. To learn more about the health benets of the diet, visit the Physicians CCommittee for Responsible Medicine site at www.pcrm.org. To connect with other vegetarians in the area, check out Vegetarians of CCentral Florida at www.vegcf.org Learn more PHotoSOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK tTHE oOBSERVER Gretchen Goel, left, prepares a vegan meal with her daughters, A Anika, right, and Ksenia. The girls have been mostly vegan all of their lives, except for the occasional sh and egg meals. Please see vVEgGEtT ArRIAN on page 11There may not be more vegetarians in the U.SS., but there are more options for the lifestyle, and more people are incorporating it into their diets BrBRIttTTNI JOhHNSON Observer SStaff Going veggie

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Your blood pres number, systolic BP, is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. The second number, diastolic BP, is the force of the blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. High BP makes the heart work too hard, which over time can cause damage to your arteries, heart and kidneys and cause a stroke. Most people with hypertension are taking at least one step to lower it, but over half do not have it under control. So how do you lower your BP? What works? Medication is a fast way to get your BP controlled. For the long-term, lifestyle changes are key and can lower or eliminate your need for drug treatment. A combina tion of these strategies can help boost your energy and avoid or postpone medical problems: Medication Take your medication as prescribed every day. It works. Mind your weight Blood pressure can go up and down with weight gains and losses. Having the right weight for your height can lower your blood pressure dramatically. Move Enjoyable and frequent exercise, combined with healthy eating, can help you get and maintain a healthy weight. Take to the Central Florida trails on foot, on a bike or rollerblades (with hel met, knee and wrist pads), increase your swimming, or frequent the gym. Be sure to pick something you like and enjoy. Make DASH your diet The DASH diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, low fat dairy, lean poultry and out http://www.dashdietoregon.org/ for some sample menus and recipes. Minimize sodiumWe lose some salt when we sweat in the Florida heat, but most of us have more than enough salt. The salt shaker adds only a fraction of our salt intake. Salt is in just about every canned, frozen, processed and restaurant food. Read the sodium content on the labels. Go for fresh instead. Live danger ously; spice up your life with new spices. Try the ethnic grocery stores in town for some interesting new spices, such as the Indian spice mixture garam masala. Moderate alcohol Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks a day includ ing beer is linked with higher BP. Try water with a fresh lime or unsweetened green tea instead. Magic chocolate Perhaps the most enjoyable way to help your blood pres sure is dark chocolate or cocoa. Ten studies have shown BP declines slightly with daily small doses of good chocolate. Mindful Relaxation Daily doses of relaxation also can help lower blood pres sure. Taking in the serene lakes of Central Florida, the quiet evenings, the sunsets, yoga and meditation classes are just some of the ways to coax your relaxed self forward. Monitor Home monitors for blood pressure can help you keep an eye on your pressure. You can also visit our friendly checked by the pros. Make the most of your life choices, with healthy eating, exercise, good relationships and relaxation. Maitland resident Nancy RRudner Lugo is a nurse practitioner and president of HHealth A Action, offering workplace health consulting and nurse coaching. VVisit www.healthaction.biz Nancy Rudner Lugo HHealth A Action can meet our nutritional needs through a plant-based diet. meaning they consciously choose to eat less meat for health reasons. A poll by market the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 33 percent of the country is eating vegetar and 16 percent enjoy meatless meals more than half the time. Both Goel and Shockley said they just felt better after going vegan. You feel lighter, not only physically but mentally as well, Shockley said. Goel always had high blood pressure as a teen, and when she went vegetarian dropped 75 points. Ive felt a huge difference ever since, she said. SSuccessful through education But its not a cure-all, said Kaye-Ann Taylor, registered dietician and licensed nutritionist with a practice in Orlando of fering nutritional counseling. While the di ance and education. There are overweight meats with carbohydrates. Some dont get the vitamins and minerals they need. For kids it can be even trickier because theyre developing. If I had a parent who was very cogni zant of nutritional needs and what theyre doing, I would not have a problem, Taylor said. Because its a tough area to moni tor and to ensure that children are meeting their nutritional needs, I dont know that I would go and encourage it. Goel has that, though. Shes got a certif icate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and uses that knowledge every day when she makes dinner for her fam ily. Every meal is planned with nutritional value in mind. Its a conscious diet, she said. And thats what Taylor said can really matter, even if someone just thinks about adding a little more green into their lives. When people are taking a look at their nutritional habits and lifestyle habits, that are enough to make improvements, she said. vVEgGEtT ArRIAN | Parents should be cognizant of their childrens nutritional needs no matter the type of diet CC ONTIINUEED FRROM pP AgGE 10

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Page 12 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer I am a Seminole County resident and an internal medicine physician. I am also mother to three active kids, one who plays tackle football on AAU league in Sanford. One past Saturday we were having an end-of-year barbecue for the football team. I was in line to get a hamburg er when I heard "Denise, we need you." In the background, a crowd of partygoers screamed that a dad from the team had fallen down and was having a seizure. I put my hands on someone's chest and pushed them hard out of my way, as I yelled, "You, call 911!" My friend was on his side un der the basket, not moving. And I was afraid it was more than a seizure. I rolled him to his back and stared at his blue face, foaming mouth and eyes that were rolled back in his head. His wife was 2-3 feet away, screaming and crying. There was a ring of adults standing nearby. I believe they were helping the victims wife and calling 911. The only thing I saw from then on was my cyanotic friend. I remembered to myself, ABC: airway, breathing, circulation. I lifted his neck, supported his head, and blew into his mouth. The sound that came out was a death rattle. I was frightened, but I had to keep giving him oxygen, I did this over and over. Finally, I saw some color coming back, but not as quickly as I had hoped. Still, there was no sign of his pulse returning, and no movement of his face. the lives I had saved during my 22-year career as a physician, but today it looked like I wouldn't do my job. I was determined to not give up, and just concentrated and did what I needed to do. Then, just as I was about to leave his mouth to check his pulse and start chest compressions, I heard a voice behind me, "I know CPR. How can I help?" There is a God, I said to myself. I was back in doctor mode and gave out orders, Go on that side and get me a pulse. No pulse! she exclaimed, and correctly told me she was ready to do chest compressions whenever I gave the order. Suddenly, there were my friends eyes, still pinpoint, but looking at me! Next, there face! No chest compressions! I yelled. CPR saves lives. Learn it, you never know when you may need it. I am happy for my friend, his wife and two kids that the story ends this way, but stories like this do not always have happy endings, not without CPR training (CPR does not guarantee a successful outcome, but you never know if you could have saved a life unless you try). You never know when your friend may need it. Its OK to be scared in a situation like this, but what is scarier than losing someone? Get over your fright. Take action. Visit RedCross.org or Heart. and CPR classes. Dr. Denise Panuccio practices at 460 EE. AAltamonte Drive, SSuite 2200, A Altamonte SSprings. CCall 407-869-8747. When you hear the term stem cells, what comes to mind? Religious controversy? Ethical debate? embryonic stem cell research? These associations are common, and unfortunately could be limiting how often stem cells are donated for use as a lifesaving transplant. Many people equate stem cells with embryonic stem cell research but non-embryonic (or adult) stem cells are different and theyre used every day in modern medicine to save lives. Further more, to date, embryonic stem cells have not been used for many human therapeutic purposes. Nearly everyone knows someone that has had or needed a bone marrow transplant, but did you know that the transplant is actually of a type of stem cell? There are several types of adult stem cells that are far removed from their controversial embry onic cellular parents. Adult stem cells can be found in the bone marrow, peripheral blood, umbilical cord blood, fat tissue, teeth and many other sources. Over 100,000 stem cell transplants have been performed in used in the late 1960s for transplants to combat leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases. plant using umbilical cord blood stem cells was performed. The transplant has led to several thousand more patients being treated with stem cells. Additionally, adult stem cells are being medicine to further develop uses other diseases. The beauty of umbilical cord blood stem cells is that these cells are collected from what was once considered medical waste. After the normal delivery of a baby, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, and about 150mL of cord blood remains in the cord. This cord blood is rich in stem cells that can be used as an alternative to bone marrow stem cells for transplantation. These stem cells from the cord blood can be used for treating more than 75 diseases. In addition to the easy and non-invasive collection process for cord blood, these cells offer a few advantages over bone marrow stem cells when used for transplantation. Stem cells from cord blood are biologically much less mature than those from bone marrow of an adult donor. If we think of the immune cells as warriors, the war riors found in the adult marrow donor sample are fully capable mon problem in a bone marrow sourced stem cell transplant is graft vs. host disease (or GVHD). GVHD occurs when the donor cells attack the recipient cells and tissue as foreign. This can cause a very severe problem for trans plant recipients and is a form of reverse rejection. With cord blood sourced stem cell transplants, GVHD is typi cally far less prevalent and far less severe. This is because the warriors are less mature. The ing. This is the same reason that newborn babies often constantly immune system cells are not yet fully functional. In the transplant setting, hav ing these functionally immature immune cells allows the match ing between donor and recipient to be less important. In a bone marrow source transplant, the donor must perfectly match the recipient, whereas in a cord blood sourced transplant, a less-perfect match can be used with similar success. This leads to more pa stem cell source for their needed transplant. According to recent data from the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), nonCaucasian recipients in need of suitable matches of cord blood stem cells than from adult mar row donors. You can donate your cord blood for free or privately store it for a fee through the Alta monte Springs-based Lifeforce Cryobanks. Because of cord blood, many more people, especially non-Caucasians, can receive the life-saving treatment they desperately need. Donald HHudspeth is CCOO of Lifeforce CCryobanks, which is based in A Altamonte SSprings. For information, visit www.Life forceCCryobanks.com or www.CCordforLife. com Lack of Desire or Low Energy? Testosterone Lab Work for $35 (a $240 Value) Call today for a risk-free appointment: 407-894-9959 Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing 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 It s In Your Heart To Quit Now Is The Time For Your New Year s Resolution2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.YourLifeRecovery.com 407-629-0413 SStem cell confusion could be limiting lifesaving transplants DONALdD HUdDSpPEthTH Guest Writer Hudspeth Learn CPR, save lives DrR. DENISE PANUCCIO Guest Writer Winter Park SSip kicks off 2012 PHotoOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK tTHE oOBSERVER Maitland sushi restaurant RanGetsus Grace Mendoza pours some merlot at the rst Winter Park S Sip and S Stroll of the year, held Jan. 12. VVisit wpmobserver.com to view more photos from the event, which showcases shops and features wine tastings along Park A Avenue.

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Page 13 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The intensity of youth ex plodes in William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, the most enduring love story of all time, performed from Jan. 25 to March 17 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Orlando Shakes promises that Romeo and Juliet has never been so captivating, or so dangerous, as in this new production. Running in rotat ing repertory with Cymbeline the same actors in different plays on different nights is how Shakespeares company did it 400 years ago. A magical fairy tale, Cymbeline features one of Shakespeare's most resourceful female characters, Imogen, who by secretly marrying the poor, but worthy Posthumus. Cymbeline, complete with love, laughter, betrayal and redemp tion, is performed from Feb. 8 to March 18. Curiously, the plots of both plays hinge on a sleeping potion used in very different ways. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org Honoring Roberto CClemente Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you dont do it, you are wasting your time on this earth. Roberto Clemente Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente, developed by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Clemente family and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, is a bilingual exhibition honoring the achievements of a man who was more than a great baseball player. This tribute exhibit takes visitors on a journey into sports history and ethnic pride, while honor ing Clemente for his profound commitment to helping others. It runs from Jan. 21 through March 18 at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. Call 407-836-8500 or visit thehistorycenter.org II LLove You BBecause The Winter Park Playhouse will present the Central Florida Premiere of the musical I Love You Because, a hit with New York audiences who loved its contemporary score and its very funny love story. "This is the perfect show for our Valentines Day slot! It's a modern-day telling of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, with a wonderfully sweet and witty take on contemporary dating," Musical Director Christopher Leavy said. I Love You Because will run from Jan. 20 to Feb. 11. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org Pinkalicious: the musical With a not-at-all-subtle mes sage about nutrition (we are what we eat), the lead character of the musical Pinkalicious named Pinkalicious Pinkerton loves pink so much that she wants everything in her life to be pink. After over-indulging in pink cupcakes, she awakens the next pinkititis, she must eat green, healthy foods to return to normal. But one persons normal is another persons main course, so the question remains Can she resist all those pink desserts and candies? Directed by Steve MacKinnon, Sarah Daniels will star as Pinkalicious in the new production running from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19 at the very kid-friendly Orlando Repertory Theater. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep. com. The Orlando Repertory Theatre is at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlandos Loch Haven Park. The Wall that Heals The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is bringing The Wall that Heals, a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to downtown Orlando through Jan. 22. The traveling museum will be at the northeast corner of Lake Eola Park. We are invited to visit the seven-day exhibit to remember loved ones, bring photos of friends or loved ones who perished in Vietnam, share experiences with others and learn more about the Vietnam War era. Since 1996, The Wall that Heals has visited more than 350 cities throughout the U.S. The Wall also features a mobile museum, including pictures and stories of the men and women who served in Vietnam, as well as displays chronicling the history of the war. Visit vvmf.orgGreek monuments in exhibit the Atlantic coast on Friday, Jan. 20, I invite you to an exhibit of my photography of ancient Greek monuments called No Stone Unturned. Im pleased to be at the beautiful new EGAD! Art Lab at 1405 Highland Ave. in Melbourne. My images document the ongoing reconstruction of the iconic Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 20, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., which is preceded by a Dinner with the Artist at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the opening. The opening is free, but reservations are required for the dinner. Call 321-258-2119. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. HHe is a member of the CCuratorial CCouncil for the Museum of Florida A Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH O RLANDO A VE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.E NZIAN.ORG Due to popular demand, extended one more week! THE ARTIST Fri Sun 3:45PM 6:30PM 9:15PM Mon Wed 6:30PM 9:15PM Thurs 9:45PM SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL USA presents: ARBITRAGE Thurs 6:30PM Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: Stinker Night FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY 8PM FREE Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar SShakespeare plays in repertory

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Page 14 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer OOpinions Early voting is awesome. It reduces lines on Election Day, those of us who cant sneak away from work or other responsibili ties on a Tuesday and it generally promotes the democratic process. Early voting has also grown wildly popular with about a dozen states expanding the time frame for these early bird voters in the last decade. And more people are taking advantage. Associated Press, early voters increased from 22 percent in 2004 to 34 percent in 2008. Now about a half dozen states, including Florida, have passed laws that seek inexplicably to reverse that trend. One of the major changes Florida voters will see this year is their early voting time period shrunk from 14 to eight days. Early voting starts this Saturday. Voting is also canceled the Sunday before Election Day. Within the broadest of terms these changes will affect all voters identically, and thats an easy talking point to stick to. In theory, everybody will have the same to go to the polls. In practice, the story changes dramatically. The numbers have already told us what will happen before the laws reach becomes more tangible to the voters come Election Day. Opponents to these laws say it disenfranchises Democrats, among whom early voting is very popular. More than 3.3 million to the polls prior to Election Day during the 2008 presidential election compared to 810,666 Florida Republicans, a USA Today report stated. Opponents also said these laws are meant to keep minorities, the elderly and student voters, who are also known to be fans of early voting, from the polls. More than half of blacks in Florida cast their votes early in 2008. Given the data at hand, the effect of these laws, whether intended or otherwise, is obvious. To a Republican-dominated legislature, the issue becomes terrifyingly black and white. If you give voters increased, but equal, access to the polls, more Democrats than Republicans will take advantage of that improved access. Reduce opportunities to vote, and Democrats will stay away from the polls more disproportionately than Republican voters. Of course the law isnt banishing early voting, its cutting it down from two weeks to one, still giving people plenty of time to get to the polls, say proponents of the new laws. Furthermore, proponents say cutting early vot ing down will also save the state money. And what government couldnt use more money in its coffers? Other laws that passed include a reduction in the time allotted for third-party groups, like the ones who sit outside of retailers encouraging people to register to vote, to 48 hours to turn in regis tration. A teacher in New Smyrna Beach could already be in hot water after turning in late registra tions for some of her students. Several efforts are under way to investigate these laws and the real motivating factors behind them and there are movements in Florida and throughout the country aimed at repealing these laws. Obamas campaign, Organizing for America, helped drive a petition that collected enough signatures to get a repeal petition on Ohios November ballot and the campaign is starting similar efforts in other states. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson announced earlier this month that hes asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the laws. Some digging should also money our government stands to save by limiting early voting. If its substantial, it poses the question: Is a week versus two really so bad? There are 15 states in this country that dont allow early voting at all. But thats a group of late adopters that we should all see as behind the curve, not ahead of it. Yes, a week of early voting still provides ample time to cast a vote, no matter your race, creed or place in the world. But the fact that theres any extra time to vote left after those laws are poor consolation for voters on the losing side of what has become a sadly partisan issue. Increasing Floridas abysmal voter turnout rates shouldnt be a partisan happening. Given the obvious nature of the laws effect, those who draftpoint on these fractured politics for us: Those who disagree with the current Legislature should have less of a chance to say so. And now that forcibly silenced voice is no longer a political ide ology; its the law. CC heers to B B radley My congratulations to Ken Bradley, our sitting mayor, on two excellent debate pre sentations. Clearly his understanding of the issues, demonstration of his accomplish municate to the citizens and listen to the needs of the city were well demonstrated. I appreciate his dedication to the city and the It is refreshing to have the city again run as a business coupled with it meeting the needs of the citizens. Thank you! Marc HHagle Winter Park BBradley is clear choice The city of Winter Park is much better today than it was three years ago. All you need to do is take a look at the vibrancy of our downtown village to know that in spite of very challenging times our wonderful community has managed to thrive and prosper. We have been fortunate to have the leadership of Ken Bradley, a very qualithree years ago to increasing our city's reserves by $5.8 million. More importantly, Ken Bradley has kept our tax rates low and ing our essential services. Our crime rates nationally accredited. Ken is also committed to hearing from the community. In order to accommodate more citizen input in December of 2009, Ken implemented a designated period of time so that citizens have an equal time of three minutes to address the City Commission about their concerns. This has provided a consistent window for citizens to voice their concerns and arrange their schedules accordingly. Ken's leadership has attracted national headquarters such as Ruth's Hospitality Group, parent company of Ruth Chris Steakhouse to relocate to Winter Park. Our downtown vacancy rates have gone percent in our central business district. No small feat in such challenging economic times. Under his leadership, the city of Winter Park has worked hard to preserve and refresh our beloved Central Park. Ken Bradley has staunchly maintained and championed the charm, heritage and architecture of our beloved city. Without a doubt our city is better today than it was three years ago! ished and he needs your vote and our help and economically vibrant. Ken has a clear vision for the future of Winter Park. His desire for the future includes increasing the number of jobs in Winter Park and reduc ing our unemployment rate by half. As the CEO of Winter Park Memorial Hospital he has created more than 700 jobs in the past 11 years and possesses the business acumen and job creation experience that is needed to achieve these goals. He will conour city budget balanced. Ken Bradley successfully manages budgets totaling more than $300 million for Winter Park Hospital and the city of Winter Park on a daily basis. our city than Ken Bradley. On Jan. 31 you will be asked to cast your vote for the mayor of Winter Park. It is our hope as former mayors, residents and con cerned citizens that you will cast your vote for Ken Bradley for mayor of Winter Park. Dave Johnston, Gary BBrewer, Joe Terranova, Kip Marchman, Dan HHunter, A Allen Trovillion Former Winter Park mayors AA new way to date in the new year If youre tired of bad blind dates and striking out on Match.com, why not make a change for 2012? Make the New Year a new you with a new way to date. DinnerDate is unlike traditional dating websites. Using a more natural way of meeting people, DinnerDate allows local singles to meet for dinner at popular Or lando restaurants in a secure group setting of 6-12 people. It is an easy way to meet new people in a comfortable, safe setting. Founded by the CEO of Planet Holly wood, Robert Earl, the new dating website in our City Beautiful. DinnerDate brings to the forefront the keyboards and screens, while blending with contemporary online techniques for communicating once a connection was made over dinner. Marrying the technology of online dat group activities, DinnerDate helps alleviate the stress and anxiety of one-on-one dates and the safety concerns of online dating. Get your recently single friends back in the game by introducing them to comfortable, safe dinner with other 30-somethings looking for a real connection. All daters have to do is simply book a seat at the group table and come to the meal ready to enjoy good food and conver sation with other singles. Daters can also bring a friend on a DinnerDate with them. Then, if daters connect with someone at the meal, they can return to the website to mes sage each other and exchange details. The thing that people seem to like best about this concept, besides the whole law of averages, is the fact that if all else goes wind up having a good evening out with new interesting people, Earl said. And since everyone pays for themselves, there are no awkward who pays moments. DinnerDate has no monthly fees. Users simply sign up for the dinner that most appeals to them and pay for their threecourse meal and a small processing fee. Dinners are budget friendly and themed by age group, sexual orientation and interests, like single parents or newly single. Par people they will be dining with before they sign up and can send private messages after the date to reconnect and plan future dates. Orlando is a melting pot of singles looking to meet someone who shares their same interest, said Andrew Connell, ex ecutive V.P. of Planet Hollywood and presi dent of DinnerDate, who was previously Nokias Global VP Online. Many single peoples new years resolutions are to get out and give dating another try, so Dinner Date will offer nightly events with an array of themes. This gives the opportunity to get istry in a casual environment while dining on a delicious dinner. All restaurants are local to Orlando. DinnerDate is helping to boost the industry by guaranteeing a table full of meals on normally quieter weekday nights. Its a win-win situation. Some Winter Park Dinner Dates include: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. 20s to 30s at Hot Olives in Winter Park Monday, Jan 23, at 7:30 pm. 40s to 50s at RanGetsu in Winter Park Other participating restaurants include Park Plaza Gardens, Funky Monkey, Nick's Italian, Prickly Pear, Bananas, Ceviche, Vito's Chophouse, Charley's Steakhouse, Johnnie's Hideaway, Big Fin, City Fire, and Crave and more are joining every day. Visit dinnerdate.com for more information.Tyger Danger Winter Park Our Observation LLetters to the editor King Features Weekly ServiceJanuary 16, 2012 NNew voter laws dont have equal impact SSend your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing EEditor Jenny AAndreasson at editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 15 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Last summer, almost 16,000 Floridians called and sent emails urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto a regressive new elections law passed during the 2011 legislative session. Disregarding those messages, the governor approved the law and urged immediate and unprecedented implementation. The new regulations are so troubling to the League of Women Voters of Florida that we have instituted a statewide suspension of voter registration activities even though we have been successfully registering voters in this state for more than 70 years. Florida has made tremendous progress since the infamous 2000 election ensuring a paper trail, investing in new machinery and creating a statewide electronic voter database so it is particularly disappointing to see our state go back in time. The most egregious provisions of the law include a cut in the number of early voting days from 14 to eight, a requirement that voters who have moved to a different county vote by pro visional ballot at the polls, and unnecessarily burdensome rules for third-party voter registration groups like the League. Very sim ply, the law transforms core civic participation something our government should be encouraging into a mountain of risk and red tape. For example, the law requires voter registration groups to confront volunteers with a sworn felony penalties and possible jail laws are violated. In addition, the law stipulates an unrealistic 48hour turnaround for registration forms, meaning volunteers could spend more time delivering and tracking completed forms than actually registering voters. This kind of voter suppression law sets up impassable roadblocks for groups like the League and will prevent eligible voters in Florida from becoming part of our democratic process. Our part-time volunteers simply do not have an attorney on one hand and an administra tive assistant on the other to help them navigate these treacherous and complex rules and regulations. In Santa Rosa and Volusia counties, two public school teachers already have been entrapped by these rules as they tried to help students register to vote. This law does nothing to make Florida elections more secure. It simply makes it harder to get eligible voters into our democratic process. Florida already has reliable systems and procedures in place to ensure the integrity of our elections, and this law puts new and unnecessary burdens some county supervisors of elections have joined a lawsuit kind of voter suppression, the League has two lawsuits pending that challenge the legality of such legislation. On the eve of a major national election, Florida should be looking for ways to streamline voting, not creating chaos and confusion for voters and groups that perform voter registration, which could result in voters being left out and votes not being counted. The bottom line: The new elecenforce, will cost taxpayer money and will keep eligible voters out of the democratic process. To ensure that your vote counts, we encourage all Florida citizens to visit BeReadyToVote. org to check your voter status or register to vote. Check back throughout the election season for updates on election dates, early voting locations and voter guide information.Deirdre Macnab is the president of the League of Women V V oters of Florida and AAnn HHellmuth is the president of the League of Women V V oters of Orange CCounty. CChris Jepson Perspectives EE pluribus unum extinctus SSemper Paratus? free market capitalism has always been swindlers game By the exploitation of the many, a ruthless few have amassed large amounts of capital by which they dominate mainstream narratives and compromise Phil Rockstroh Ah, the American Dream. It is much in the public eye these days what with the realization that our Middle Class has been shrinking the past 30 years. That and the fact that more and more of Americas wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and, um, pockets. And that much of that wealth shift is a result, not of changing global labor markets or disrup tive technological innovations but of a collusion between Americas moneyed class (and their smarmy lobbyists) and Washington (and state/local) politicians. Theyve created laws, tax codes and regulations that favor the few over the many. E pluribus unum extinctus. It is hard for me to understand why Americans are such a complacent lot in light that so many are being hosed by so few. Complacent and confused. The confusion stems from the fact that we believe deep down in the goodness of our democratic souls that government is actu ally working for all of us. Oh, it is. But its working in a way that heavily favors the few over the many. Please, now apply President Reagans completely discredited trickle-down economics to yourself and your family. Like what youre left with? We are as fatted-cows complacently led to the slaughterhouse via the election booth. Moooo! Part of the problem for many Ameri cans is the challenge of understanding just how rigged our system has become at every level of governance. And Ive a local example that illustrates the problem. Right now, today, the city of Orlando is planning the demolition of the old Magic basketball arena. Built with your tax dol lars (contrary to the argument that theyre tourist-related tax revenue) the building Regardless of the civic/aesthetic value system that constructs public buildings only to tear them down, willy-nilly, much as you would a temporary shed in your backyard, the larger question remains, why subsidize a billionaires private toy (a basketball team/franchise, in this instance)? Orlando (city/county governments) new arena to replace the old. The DeVos family (said billionaires) kicked in approximately 12 percent of the cost with the remaining money (85 percent plus) coming from our local tax revenues. Oh, the politicians will say, Jepson, you got it all wrong. Were funding this half-abillion dollar building with taxes secured from visiting tourists. It costs you (Orlando/Orange County) nothing. And, anyway tourist tax revenue can only be spent in such ways (to increase tourism). Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Why subsidize billionaires. Why invest public revenue restrict tourist revenue in such ways? Man makes the laws anyway he/she sees ing to subsidize billionaires because our hands are tied, well, doofus, untie your hands. Imagine if we had invested half-a-billion in local arts. Or cops. Or teachers. But, my critics will say, We need a professional sports team cuz Orlando aspires to be world class! Tell that to our collective civic ego every time a millionaire Shaq or Dwight Howard says, I love yall but trade me out of this two-bit market! Game on! The capitalist way. And the swindle continues. Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. HHes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. RReach him at Jepson@MEEDIAIAmerica.USS Louis RRoney Play On! Our armed forces are in an uproar. As commander-in-chief, President Obama is crippling our military abili ties. He is doing this as energetically and purposefully as though he were dedi cated to weakening our defenses. Before many more Obama days, our armed forces may be relatively what they were before World War II when, if we had not been granted arms-production time by the Atlantic Ocean, we possibly could not have withstood a German invasion. BBataan I had never heard of Bataan until I heard of the Bataan Death March. The conquering Japanese forced some 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners to march some 25 miles a day to their imprisonment. Many prisoners who could not keep up the pace were shot dead on the spot by their Japanese captors. Wel come to war, the march seemed to say. I know firsthand that we Americans were given explicit orders not to mistreat prisoners we took. However, in every group of men who have in their hands the power to mistreat captives, are a certain number who have a sadistic streak that comes out in their unbridled hatred of the enemy. CChanges President Obama has committed an unconstitutional usurpation of power by bypassing Congress approval of his new appointments. Obama has begun to make the rules himself and grabs power legally or not. (I can recall several leaders who have done similar things: i.e. Hitler, Mussolini, etc.) Chicagoan Sol Alinsky was the political mentor of Obama (as well as of Hillary Clinton) and Alinskys talk has often seemed to denigrate the U.S. Obamas first presidential words to the American public made it clear that he was going to change things, as do many newly elected officials. But change the Constitution? No way!Troys lessonIn France, I sang the part of Aeneas in the most monumental of French operas, The Trojans of Hector Berlioz. A Trojan woman, Cassandra, runs up from the beach and into the city of Troy, yelling, Get ready to fight! The Greeks are coming. At that time Troy was knee deep in revelry, and wine was flowing like water. The Trojans completely ig nored Cassandras warning. The Greeks came. Troy fell. At this time I feel that I am once again playing Aeneas, and that I am witnessing a country that pays no heed to the most urgent warnings. History is famous for repeating itself thus we had World War I followed by World War II, and the future looks none too peaceful. The weapons change, but the evil destruction goes on. The American who thinks, Ive got mine, anyhow, lulls himself into a state of soporific satisfaction. He smiles conde scendingly when he confronts the scariest of warnings. He forgets his days as a Boy Scout when the sign, be prepared hung on the Scout hut wall. Too many Americans are watching soap operas and sports contests, and dial past the ominous news being dribbled out in small, unalarming doses. When Hitler was ranting like a madman, we looked at him as an exaggerated and corny thespian. When Hitler had taken Poland and France, and England was fighting alone for its existence, we thought that we were safe when we shipped arms to Britain. Then Hitler made the suicidal mistake of declaring war on the United States. With Obamas suicidal cuts in our military might, are we to become as vulnerable as Troy? AAbout RRoney: HHarvardDistinguished Prof, EEm.UCCF 2004 Fla. A Alliance for the A Arts award (AAssisted by beautiful wife Joy RRoney) EEarly Voting in OOrange CCounty runs SSaturday, Jan. 21, through SSaturday, Jan. 28. The only early voting location in the Winter Park/Maitland area is the Winter Park LLibrary, 460 EE. NNew EEngland AA ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com Learn moreFloridas election laws are slipping backward DEIrdrRDRE MACNAB AndND AANN HELLmMUthTH Guest Writers Macnab

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On managing trees in the city: Bradley: Our tree canopy money has not been decreased in our budget, Bradley said, in response to accusations that it had been. that govern the tree maintenance and where the money is spent, he said, something hed attempted to clarify. The last budget I asked unsatisfactory answers. He called for more scrutiny on how often trees are replaced, to maintain the citys aging tree canopy. Miles: I was concerned when I saw a bud get proposal that Ken made that recommend ed cutting $100,000 (from the tree budget), Miles said, adding that she thought that the city may be attempting to put more of the burden of trimming trees on residents. On maintaining resident input in the govern ing process: Miles: I think we need to have as many opportunities as possible, Miles said, in re gard to giving residents access to city lead ers, adding that the timing of Commission meetings should possibly be moved. A 3:30 p.m. meeting just doesnt work with many The candidates for Maitland mayor answered residents ques tions for nearly three hours at a forum held Jan. 11. It was standing room only at the Maitland Civic Center, as Mayor Howard Schieferdecker, former Mayor Doug Kinson and political newcomer John Yanc hunis took turns responding to questions posed by more than a dozen residents. Kinson is looking to recapture the post he resigned in order to run for Orange County Commis sion, a bid that proved unsuc cessful. Kinson, Schieferdecker, whom City Council chose in 2009 to take over for Kinson, and Yanchunis have similar overall goals for the city, including rede veloping the downtown, adding jobs and increasing the tax base. Where they differed was how to accomplish it. Heres what each candidate had to say about the downtown project and other important is sues facing the city. Some of the questions and answers have been edited down for space con straints. For more election cover age, visit wpmobserver.com Q: What is your vision for downtown? Do we really need to duplicate chain stories such as CVS? Schieferdecker: It should be similar to Park Avenue but for Maitland. He stressed the con cept of complete street: mov ing forward with one block at a time, starting with the Packwood to Horatio avenues block, which includes extending Indepen dence Lane to George Avenue. This is the time we need to do this because as soon as we start developing, the price goes up Theres so much pent-up demand in this town for a little down town, were going to do just that. We have a niche here in Maitland and were hoping to tap into that Bradley has kept our tax rates low and balanced our city budget without sacricing our essential services. Page 14 Letters to the editor Healthy Living There may not be more vegetarians in the U.S., but there are expanding options for the lifestyle in Winter Park. Page 10 Lifestyles Resident-owned Charyli clothing boutique hosts its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 26, on Park Avenue. Page 8 Calendar The Winter Park Institute presents Dr. Kay Redeld Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind, on Monday, Jan. 23. Page 7 TAX DEFERREDFIXED ANNUITY RATE FOR 5 YEARS.Bob Adams 407-644-6646THE NATIONAL 5 YEAR CD RATE IS 1.34%3.50% 451 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701NEW Dermatology Ofce!407-599-SKIN (7546)*Waive co-payment up to $25 No referral needed Accepting all insurances Dr. John Cottam Dr. Ross Wheeler PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Mayor Howard Schieferdecker from right, former Mayor Doug Kinson and newcomer John Y anchunis pose after the Concerned Citizens of Maitland forum held on Jan. 11. Please see MAITLAND on page 2 Maitland candidates agree on a lot Early voting begins on Saturday and runs through Jan. 28 at the Winter Park Library JENNY ANDREASSON Observer Staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park mayoral candidates Nancy Miles and Ken Bradley pose at the Jan. 12 candidate forum at the Library. Please see WINTER P ARK on page 2 Bradley, Miles face off in forum ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Early Voting in Orange County runs Saturday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28. The only early voting location in the Winter Park/Maitland area is the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England A ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com Learn more

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Page 2 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer niche. Kinson: We should be doing master planning for the entire four-block area put the money in and do it right, he said in response to Schieferdeckers one-block-ata-time plan. He said doing it piece by piece would negatively affect the walkability of the four-block area. The decision-making is a little backward with respect to the de sign of the entire downtown, he said about the city moving forward with the Indepen dence Lane extension seemingly to please the CVS developer, something Schiefer decker denied. Yanchunis: When you see a downtown, you see an area with shops and restaurants. CVS falls into that category but its not the feel the downtown should be going for. He said folks should be able to shop during the day and eat dinner under the stars. Q: How much time can we expect you to give weekly as mayor? Yanchunis: Im not married, I have no children, I dont even have a dog and Im single. My own business (in wireless communications) is run without me and al lows so much free time, you cant imagine. He said hes a little younger than the other candidates hes 25 but hes willing to put in the time and resources necessary. Schieferdecker: Im here to work. I dont have any other job. Im not working at my business anymore, the semi-retired developer said. Hes putting in more than 40 hours a week as the mayor. Im commit ted for the next three years. Kinson: The mayor has to be available, in time and committed to the point where if anything happens, the commercial real estate agent said about the fact that being mayor is a 24-hour-a-day job. He said he was called away from Thanksgiving dinner for city business one year. Q: Whats the biggest mistake youve made as mayor? Kinson: His bright idea to institute a supermajority vote requirement on Council to guide downtown development. Yanchunis: He chose to address his expe rience since he hasnt been a mayor before. Ive logged 1,000 hours in city simulators imity to the citizens that need it most. Schieferdecker: I havent been here long enough, he said with a laugh. Q: There have been rumors about adult entertainment facilities being built in Mai tland and Eatonville. What would you do about that? Yanchunis: I agree they need to be an appropriate distance away from schools and child care. Schieferdecker: We dont have that problem because zoning prohibits those businesses anywhere in the city. Kinson: I would say no every time. $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong $5 offANY BAG of Natures Variety raw food, dry food or treatsWhile supplies last. Must be presented at time of purchase. 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She also suggested video recording meet ings and having those recordings available for download on the citys website, which could allow residents who are unable to attend the meeting to do so, virtually, at a later time. Bradley: They dont want to watch epics, Bradley said about residents enduring long meetings in the past. Making government weve done. He said that hed helped make meetings run more lic input. How they would use their experi ence to help increase jobs and busi nesses in the city: Bradley: Winter Park Hospi tal has 700 jobs, good jobs, above average pay for this community, said Bradley, who is the senior vice president of Winter Park Me morial Hospital. Bonnier Corp. brought 50 jobs here, Bradley said of the magazine company that set up shop in Winter Park is a place where [residents] shop, buy homes, go to school. Miles: Losing a longstand ing business is very troubling, Miles said, referring to longtime Winter Park business RLF de ciding to move to Baldwin Park after the city refused a deal with the company that would have remodeled the Dan T. McCarty voted against the deal. We need to make sure that anyone wanting to open a business in this city is really and truly welcomed. Would either candidate try to ban smoking in the city? Miles: I can dine without smoke in my face, Miles said, stating that current laws already cover that to some extent. My dad died of emphysema but to say to someone you cannot smoke in a public park, I could not sup port that. We need to maintain our individual rights. Bradley: I dont personally smoke, but I respect the rights of those who do, Bradley said. He mentioned the citys smoke-free month, though he admitted that enforcement had no teeth. Ken needs a chocolate-free zone, he joked. Top challenges facing the citys next mayor? Bradley: Balancing the tax base, he said. Weve got to do that by building jobs. He added that the city needs to continue to improve its general fund reserves, which he said hes helped do. If this city had been where it was three years ago, wed be talking about bankruptcy. We certainly wouldnt be talking about how great this city is. Miles: Making sure commuter rail is used as it should be used, she said, advocating ridership in centives, from either the city or business owners. She also said the city should continue to build its general fund reserves to keep major hit with the last hurricane, she said. She also said shed work to manage the citys debt. WINTER P ARK | Both mayoral candidates say they oppose a smoking ban in Winter Parks public areas C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF MAITLAND Preliminary plans for Maitlands downtown infrastruture extend Independence Lane east to George Avenue. 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Page 3 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer 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 2011 HOLIDAY TOY D RIVE Thank you for your generous support of our kidsNew Hope for Kids provides specialized support to children and families grieving the loss of a loved one and grants wishes to children with life-challenging illnesses in Central Florida. In 2011, New Hope for Kids granted 47 wishes to girls and boys and assisted over 350 children through grief facilitation. Because we do not receive any funding from government agencies, the personal donations so generously given by individuals and local organizations are so important to the success of our mission to bring hope, healing and renewal to our community. We are so thankful for our dedicated Board of Directors, Volunteers and the generosity of the Central Florida community in another successful TOY DRIVE for our families. For more information please call 407.331.3059 ext. 10 or visit www.newhopeforkids.org Barrett Farms Brio Tuscan Grille Brunswick Wekiva Bowling Lanes Center Academy Clear Channel Community Patrons Cracker Barrel Del Dee Bistro Dennys DPR Construction Fields BMW 1st Southern Bank FiServ Florida Respiratory Therapy Full Sail University Hannover Life Re Institute of Internal Auditors L & J Accessories Maitland Massage Mirtha Valdes Martin CPA Natures Table Panera Bread PayChecks Sports Cuts Haircuts Universal Studios Florida Whole Foods Wyndham Worldwide Winter Parker tells of Afghanistan tour Local son and Winter Park na tive PFC Radio Medivac Opera tor Justin Reliford returned from ghanistan to say that the one thing above all that he learned was, dont take things for granted. Take water for example. He said that some days you had to wait rumbling down the road after go ing for one long day without a re liable supply of water. During his two-week break from the war, Reliford reconnect ed with family, friends and his workmates at Winter Park Care and Rehabilitation Center. But next Tuesday he will gear up and ing hours through Germany and Kuwait to return to FOB Shank, his base in the eastern region of the country. Relifords father, who works as environmental manager at our facility, proudly stood at the rear of the audience joining with 50 others who listened intently to the presentation and then pep pered Justin with questions about the Afghan culture as well as the progress of war. The audience looked at the views of Afghani stan as shot by Reliford hanging from an Apache helicopter as he leaned out in 6,000 of nothing but dry, hot air. The brown mountains towered and the ground looked as barren as the moon. Reliford re turns to Afghanistan for a sevenmonth stint that already is chang ing the way this brave, yet still personable young man sees his life and the world. Larry Limbaugh Chaplain Winter Park Care and Rehabilitation Center Honoring the citys heritage PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK (TOP) AND JENNY ANDREASSON (ABOVE) THE OBSERVER Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley, above, opens the Unity Heritage Festival on Monday, Jan. 16, which was observed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Israel family, top, was among two families honored for being among the founding families of Winter Park.

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Page 4 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 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 2012 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster www.wpmobserver.com | Phone: 407-563-7000 | Fax: 407-563-7099 | editor@observernewspapers.com P.O Box 2426 Winter Park, FL 32790 Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 CONTACTS Volume 24, Issue Number 3 PUBLISHER Kyle T aylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com REPORTERS Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com LEGALS | CLASSIFIEDS Ashley McBride legal@FLAlegals.com classieds@observernewspapers.com COPY EDITORS Isaac Babcock isaacb@observernewspapers.com Padrick Brewer COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis Roney LRoney@c.rr.com Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER T racy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS | CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com INTERN Andy Ceballos Business Briefs Community Bulletin Homestead exemption Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan would like homeown ers to be aware that now is the time to le for a homestead exemption. If you bought and occupied a home prior to January 1, 2012, you may be eligible for a signicant tax savings; an average of $742 annu ally for most homeowners, Done gan said. The Property Appraisers website has a simple and quick feature that allows residents to le online. Visit www.ocpa.org STEM innovation Fifty-ve students at E dgewater High School will have the oppor tunity to learn and apply ST E M skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Genera tion grant from the Motorola So lutions Foundation. E dgewater High School students enrolled in a computer animation and robotics course will work in teams to build Lego Mindstorm Robots that will complete advanced tasks while incorporating sounds and expres sions. Student scholars Junior Mitchell Tomlinson of Mait land has been named to the 2011 fall semester Deans List at West Virginia Wesleyan. The following area residents have been named to the Deans List at Providence College for the Fall 2011 semester: Kelly Branham of Winter Park Chandler McCabe of Winter Park United Arts Artfest United Arts kicks off its annual fundraising campaign with Arts Fest, happening Feb. 1-29. All ArtsFest events are free and open to the public, although some of ferings have limited seating and capacity, which are referred to as Tickets Are Limited events. To make reservations for Tickets Are Limited events, visit ArtsFestFL. com by 21 and click on the Ticket Lottery button on the homepage. Volunteer for Literacy The Foundation for O range County Public Schools is asking the com munity to consider volunteering, for one hour a week during the school year, to improve literacy in children though the Read2Suc ceed program. Go to www.foun dationforocps.org to register as a mentor today. Help build wheelchair ramps The Center for Independent Liv ing (CIL) is in need of donations and volunteers for RAMPA GE an annual, one-day event on Feb. 25, where volunteers will build wheelchair ramps. To donate, or for more information, please con tact Lindsey Koeneman at 407623-1070 x 127 or LKoeneman@ cilorlando.org Dr. William Steele, the local dermatologist who won the $198 million Powerball jack pot in 2009, won the largest rafe prize at the Shepherds Hope Famous Faces Mas querade Ball in October. He donated the entire $10,000 back to Sheperds Hope, bringing the familys total 2011 donation to them to $150,000. Winston James Developer reports it re cently closed on two lease agreements at Aloma Business Center, which was de veloped by Winston-James Development, LLC, and located on Aloma Avenue in Win ter Park. CommerCenters, LLC, which has de veloped ex warehouse distribution cen ters, is shifting its focus to private equity funds and investments. George Livingston, a principal, said they will invest in rental apartment properties driven by work force and population growth, senior housing and assisted living facilities, and new medical facilities, especially those that are agerelated. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, E ngineers & Planners LLC, based in O rlandos Baldwin Park, recently appointed Bill Steward se nior electrical designer. For the sixth time in the past seven years (2005-2011) F annie Hillman + Associ ates has been named the Best Residential Real E state O fce in Central Florida for 2011 by the readers of the Orlando Busi ness Journal. RBC Bank delivered 2,400 pounds of food this holiday season, and more than 350 toys to those less fortunate in the Central Florida community, thanks to the generos ity of local residents, employees, the Sec ond H arvest Food Bank of Central Florida and XL 106.7. This holiday season, more than two dozen RLF employees gave back to the com munity by participating in Herman Millers We Care program, which is a nationwide holiday gathering supporting children in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. RLF staffers embraced the spirit of giv ing with more than 150 children by helping create gift holiday key chains. The Winter Park-based architectural, engineering and interior design rm donated all the craft materials and raised nearly $800, which will help send several local Boys & G irls Club children to a well-known leadership conference. Garden ice Winter Park Towers, a nonprot active living communi ty, boasts a thriving commu nity garden planned, planted and tended to by residents. One of the gardeners fa vorite aspects of the garden is creating these beautiful living ice sculptures dur ing the few and far between Central Florida freezes. Caring crusade Jewish Family Services wrapped up another holiday season with the hugely successful Get Caught Caring campaign. Toy collec tions from businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the community brought in mountains of toys for children in need. Nearly 700 toys were distributed to families this year. In addition, $7,000 in contributions was allocated to provide food for hungry families for their holiday meals. Kind kids Jewish Family Services youth volunteers and their parents brought a party to the Chil drens Home Society of Florida during this holiday season. The visit was part of JFS an nual JFS Kinder-to-Kinder program, which gives youth an opportunity to give back to other children in the spirit of volunteerism. To become a volunteer, or for more infor mation about JFS, please call 407-644-7593 or visit jfsor lando.org Nutty buddies Second-grade classes from Grand Avenue and Audubon Park Ele mentary Schools recently met up with their Skype buddies to watch A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. The students have been communicating with each other about books and reading since the beginning of the semester. The idea for both classes to Skype together and the eld trip was arranged by Hope Bitzer, a Rollins College senior education major, who interned in both second-grade classes.

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Page 5 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The Wildcats lost their fourth a 51-48 loss on Jan. 13. Coupled with a loss the night before to dis trict rival Colonial, the Wildcats of the district standings. Though the Wildcats (4-14, 0-4) have struggled throughout the season, two hard back-to-back losses against their district foes may have dealt the most crip pling blow to the teams postsea son chances. Hosting Colonial on Jan. 12, they had no trouble spreading the points around, with three play ers scoring in double digits. They jumped out to an early lead on strong shooting, going up 16-7 in Michael Merlano led the way with a sparkling 18-point perfor mance when he hit 100 percent also led in rebounds, grabbing 10 boards in the game. A wild performance by Malcolm Laws added up to 14 points and six re bounds. But those key players werent enough to lift the team over the Grenadiers, who came back with a vengeance in the second and third quarter, then held out in the fourth for the 63-52 win. Jan. 13 it was the Wildcats at tempting a comeback, after fall outgunned the Wolves in the sec ond, but then struggled to keep minute of play, ending in a heart breaking 51-48 tally. district foe, in the second of backto-back games to end the week. 19, hosting Ocoee. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m., with the Knights possibly giving the Wildcats their best chance at a recovery this sea son. Theyre 6-12 on the season, coming off a two-game losing streak. After that the Wildcats face University (12-4, 2-1), who have already defeated the Wildcats once this season. That game tips off in Winter Park at 7:30 p.m. Fri day. Edgewater The Eagles have continued on their tear in district play, at 13-5 overall and 6-0 in the district. Their most recent conquest was a 59-18 obliteration of district rival Deltona, the third time the Eagles have at least doubled the Wolves score this season. The closest any district team has come to beating the Eagles was a 56-41 blowout of Seabreeze at the start of Decem ber. Tuesday night at press time the Eagles took on Pine Ridge for the last time in the regular season. On Thursday theyll be in Apop ka to take on the Blue Darters at 7:30 p.m. Apopka (6-12, 1-5) has only had two wins in the last six weeks. Winter Park Wildcats fall, Edgewater Eagles soar ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Knights slip in C-USA play The Knights tripped up a little in their long run over the top of their Conference USA competi tion, falling to Marshall in a nailbiter that went down to the last shot of the game on Jan. 14. But the Knights kept it interest ing throughout, never behind the Thundering Herd by more than eight points and battling back two minutes of play. Only on a missed lay-up by Marcus Jordan in a comeback attempt that could have kept their conference win streak alive. Jordan had a tough night over all, shooting just 17.6 percent on the night, while collecting two rebounds and an assist. Leading the way for the Knights, Keith Clanton dropped 14 points in the basket, grabbed 8 boards, forced 5 turnovers and did it all in just 26 minutes on the court. Isaiah Sykes strong play continued with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. The Knights bench also made big contributions, with Tristan Spurlock picking up 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 min utes. UCF played conference foe Memphis at home at press time on Wednesday, but will continue their run through their densely packed conference schedule with a game at UAB at 2 p.m. Jan. 21. The Blazers (5-11, 0-3) have had a tough time so far this season, with the worst overall and conference play records in C-USA. After facing UAB the Knights will continue their road trip, heading to Tulsa for an 8 p.m. Jan. 25 tip-off. The Golden Hurricane (9-9, 2-2) has been perfectly even so far this season with a tied re cord and sitting dead center in the C-USA rankings. ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff PHOTO BY JENNY ANDREASSON OBSERVER STAFF This 9/11 memorial features one of the two surviving New Y ork heavy-rescue re trucks. Rescue memorial stops by the city

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Page 6 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Residents of Maitland and oth er cities throughout Florida often believe that all plants along their lakefront are weeds that should be permanently removed. Most are not aware that these plants can be separated into three distinct role in Floridas aquatic ecosys tems. Lakefront homeowners can easily identify and understand the difference between those that learn how to properly manage and maintain them. Aquatic plants generally con sist of species that are native, nuisance or exotic/non-native. A native plant is one that is found naturally in Florida and has not been introduced by human activ pollutants such as fertilizer from upland areas, provide habitat and a food source for other species, and stabilize shorelines to prevent erosion. Common native aquatic vegetation found in Maitland consists of plants such as pickerel weed (Pontedaria cordata), duck potato (Sagittaria lancifolia), and bulrush (Scirpus californicus). On the other hand, although nuisance plants can be species that naturally occur in Florida, most of the time they have a nega tive effect upon their habitat. Two species common in Maitland that fall into the nuisance category are cattails (Typha spp.) and primrose willow (Ludwigia octovalvis/pe ruviana). Though they may be pleasing to the eye, cattails do not provide an edible seed source for organisms, and they also release an abundance of nutrients into water bodies during their de composition. Like its counterpart, primrose willow also has a ten dency to overgrow and crowd out native plants in disturbed aquatic and wetland areas. Finally, non-native, or exotic, plants are species that have been introduced from another country or region. Because these plants are not naturally found in Flori da, they do not have any natural mechanisms of control (such as predators, diseases, etc.). Without insects or other organisms to con trol their growth, they often form a monoculture. This condition exists when one solitary species completely occupies a given area. Common non-native aquatic spe cies in Maitland include hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), torpedo grass (Panicum repens), and sal vinia (Salvinia minima). So, now that you know how to classify aquatic plants, how can you properly manage them? Almost all cases in which aquatic vegetation is being removed from a shoreline, especially through the use of herbicide, will require a permit from Maitlands Storm water and Lakes Management Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis sion. Permits typically allow the establishment of a cleared access corridor sized according to a resi dents lake frontage, along with the removal of exotic/nuisance species from the remainder of the shoreline and their replacement with native aquatic plants. How ever, these permits do not allow the creation nor maintenance of a beach or cleared shoreline. Please take note that even though a shoreline may have been main tained in non-compliance for years, it is still considered a vio lation of state and city code and must be re-vegetated or allowed to re-grow as needed. To determine what species are present on your lot and ensure that the appropriate permits have been maintained for your lake front, please contact the Storm water and Lakes Management Division at 407-539-6203 for a consultation. Marissa Williams Stormwater and Lakes Man agement coordinator City Council A genda of Jan. 23 City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23 in the Coun cil Chambers, 1776 Independence Lane. Below are items that will be addressed at that meeting. Special Presentations Tax Exemption Referendum The Honorable Bill Donegan, Or ange County Property Appraiser Maitland Chamber Update Maria Alverez Simmons, Execu tive Director Heritage Lands Pushpa Seth Recess Council Meeting/Con vene CRA Meeting Decision CRA Resolution for Budget Amendment #1 Adjourn CRA Meeting/Recon vene Council Meeting Consent Agenda: Approve Council Minutes of Jan. 9 Receive Charter Review Com mission Minutes of Nov. 21 Towing Contract Tri County Towing Contract Sting Ray Chevro let Resolution Termination of Easements Change Order Fire Station #45 Decision Item: Ordinance Development Agreement Amendment Process CRA Request Budget Amend ment #1 Resolution FDOT Joint Use Agreement Rail Station Resolution FDOT Locally Funded Agreement Discussion Item: Maitland Art & History Asso ciation resignations/management status Requested by Council man Bonus For updates, please check our website at www.itsmymaitland. com Employees of the year Each year we recognize three individuals as our outstanding employees of the year. At this time, I would like to congratulate the following employees for their dedication, commitment and out standing work to make our city the best place to live, work and play in Florida: Employee of the year: Caleena Shirley Spinelli Morrissey Thank you for your wonderful service to our community! January 23 City Commission Meeting topics of interest There will be a City Commis sion meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Below are a few topics of interest: Mayors Report Employee of the Quarter Mark Brown, Electric Utility Spe cialist Appointment of Martin Lu ther King Jr. Task Force Approval of the citys 125th Anniversary Task Force Holiday window contest winners City Managers Report Scheduling Strategic Plan ning Session City Attorneys Report Further consideration of the settlement agreement proposed by Sydgan in the case of Sydgan Corp. v. City of Winter Park, Or ange County Circuit Court case number 2011-CA-001709-O Consent Agenda Approve the minutes of Jan. 9. Approve various purchases and contracts. Approve the Winter Park Neighborhood Enhancement Matching Grant requests for the following neighborhoods: Chateaux du Lac Hannibal Square CLT Neigh borhood Association Park Green Community As sociation Temple Sunset Neighbor hood Association Approve the expenditures of State Law Enforcement For feiture Funds ($6,000) as follows: $1,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for the 4th an nual Chief Challenge fundraiser; and $5,000 to assist the Prescrip tion Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to aid in reducing the scope of prescription drug abuse and diversion in Florida. Request for partial fee waiv er in Central Park for the Michael Andrews/Swingerhead concert Action Items Requiring Discussion Negotiation for First Right of Refusal for acquisition of the Post enue Public Hearings Request of Jim Veigle Proper ties LLC: Second reading of the ordi nance amending the comprehen sive plan future land-use map so as to change the future land-use designation of Single-family Res the property at 1210 Dallas Ave. and amending planning area J Policy 1-4.1.J.11 in the future land use element to add an exception to the encroachment of non-resi dential land use Second reading of the ordi ing map so as to change the exist ing zoning designation of Single Family Residential (R-1A) Dis trict to Parking Lot (PL) District at 1210 Dallas Avenue. Resolution setting forth the citys intent to use the uniform ad valorem assessment for prop erties abutting Via Salerno and stallation of underground electri cal/BHN facilities Request of Rollins College: Conditional use approval to de molish and rebuild Strong Hall located adjacent to the corner of Holt Avenue and Hanna Way on the campus at 1000 Holt Ave., zoned PQP Request of Perth Lane Prop erties, LLC: Conditional use ap proval to build a new two story; building at 100 Perth Lane, zoned Request of Denning Partners, Ltd. for the property at 861 West Canton Avenue: First reading of the ordi nance changing the designation of Single Family Residential to High Density Residential First reading of the ordi nance changing the designation of Single Family Residential (R1A) to Multi-Family (High Den sity R-4). Request of Winter Park Re development Agency, Ltd.: Conditional use approval to construct a 470 square foot, previously approved restaurant pavilion building at 400 W. New England Ave., zoned C-2 City Commission Reports Commissioner Leary Commissioner Sprinkel Commissioner Cooper Commissioner McMacken Mayor Bradley full agenda and information on www.cityofwinterpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets. E arly Voting The Winter Park Public Li brary will host early voting for Orange County residents in the urday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Face book, and follow us on Twitter. Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comHomegrown always tastes better. Experience homegrown gardening: Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Maitland City Talk BY HOW ARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Shoreline vegetation Shirley Spinelli Morrissey

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Page 7 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer 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. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd Oviedo FL 32765 Proceeds bene t local Optimist youth programs and childhood cancer campaigns. Hosted by Oviedo Police, Winter Springs Police and Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012 10 AM 4 PM www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com PUBLIC & LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSESENTRY FEES $25Paid by 12/31/11$35After 1/1/2012 Young Guns16-21 Pay your age CLUB DISCOUNTSFREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION COPS N CARS FOR KIDS Calendar JAN. 19 Floridas Medicaid Waiver and Long-T erm Care webinar is Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and will discuss Floridas Medicaid program and changes that lie ahead for long-term care providers and beneciaries. Reserve your webinar seat now at tinyurl.com/ Medicaid-webinar Endangered Snail Kites by Zach Welch is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. The program is free. It is located at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For more information, call 407-6372525 or visit orangeaudubon.org There will be a presentation on the history of Maitlands Central Parks at the Maitland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Resident Pushpa Seth has made discoveries about the history of the block of land familiarly known as the Municipal Complex. Register by calling 407647-7700. JAN. 20 The Winter Park Playhouse presents the Central Florida premiere of the hit off-Broadway musi cal comedy I Love Y ou Because A ModernDay Musical Love Story, running Jan. 20Feb. 11. Visit winterparkplayhouse.org The Breakthrough Theatre will present the Mark Medoff play, Children of a Lesser God, from Jan. 20 Feb. 5. Visit breakthroughtheatre. com The EGAD! Art lab will be hosting an Art Exhibi tion titled No Stone Unturned, which is an exhibit of photography by Observer culture col umnist Josh Garrick. The reception will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and the exhibit will be open from Jan. 20 to Feb.12. It is located at 1405 Highland Ave. in Melbourne. JAN. 21 The First Congregational Church of Winter Park will be holding a Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. It is located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park, on the corner of New England and Interlachen Avenue. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Maitland Womans Club will be holding its winter Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Maitland Civic Center. This is a fundraiser for local organizations and charities. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be for sale. There is no admittance and parking is free. For more information, call Linda at 407-830-6373. Early Voting is scheduled to begin in Orange County on Saturday, Jan 21. Ten centers are available to eligible voters through Saturday, Jan. 28, including: Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day) Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com for more infor mation. Camellia Society of Central Floridas (CSCF) 66th Annual Camellia Show and F estival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mead Botanical Garden at 1500 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, it is Floridas largest camellia show. For more information call 407886-7917 or visit camelliac.com The Orange Audubon Society will take a eld trip to the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area and nearby Overstreet Road on Saturday, Jan. 21. Meet to carpool at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the now-closed Albertsons at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. For more information, contact Bob Sand ers at 407-454-0542. The Maitland Art Center hosts a bronze pour on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pour is free and open to the public. The band 20 Shades will have a performance at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at The Haven. It is located at 6700 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. The band will be performing songs from their new album, Birth. JAN. 23 At 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, the Winter Park In stitute at Rollins College will host an event with guest speaker Dr. Kay Redeld Jamison a psychiatry professor, author of An Unquiet Mind and recipient of many scientic awards. It is free and open to the public. Visit rollins.edu/ wpi JAN. 24 Buy your 2012 Florida Film F estival ticket packages and passes now and you may get a coveted Golden Ticket. Every other Tuesday starting Jan. 24, a winner will be drawn at ran dom. Visit www.oridalmfestival.com for more information. JAN. 25 Fun with Flowers will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Win ter Park. Making a oral arrangement for your home, Happy New Y ear, will be held on this day. The cost to attend is $20. Please pay by Jan. 20. For more information, call 407-6445770. In a series of Morse Museum lectures starting in January, three of todays most noted American scholars in the elds of architecture and deco rative arts will provide their insights into Lau relton Hall The speakers include Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Alice Cooney Frelinghuy sen on Jan. 25. Admission is free. The lectures are at 2:30 p.m. Visit MorseMuseum.org Visit wpmobserver.com/events for more details. Send submissions to editor@observernewspapers. com Station dedication The Maitland Fire Stations dedication ceremony is 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, on Packwood Avenue between Maitland Av enue and Independence Lane. For more information, visit itsmymaitland.com Mary Proctor at the Heritage Center African-American artist Missionary Mary Proctor will speak at the opening reception for an exhibit of her distinctive work. It will be open from Friday, Jan. 20, through Saturday, April 21, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park. Proctor will speak at the opening reception, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 20, at the center.

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Page 8 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles After raising four children and sending two of them off to college, Winter Park resident Lisa West de cided late last year it was time to give life to her newest brainchild: Charyli. Charyli, the newest clothing boutique to open on Park Avenue is the culmination of her two de cades of motherhood, 30 years in fashion merchandising and a life long dream of opening her own store, West said. This is something Ive always wanted to do, but I just didnt think it was possible, but one thing lead to another, and look! West said, motioning around her Park Avenue store, Here we are. of each of her childrens names, Chad, Hannah, Ryan and Lind say, Charyli (pronounced Char lie), opened in mid-November in the space between Starbucks and the Gap on South Park Avenue previously held by the Vino! wine bar. The store, focusing on unique and affordable womens fashion, ing on Thursday, Jan. 26. F ashion in the family West, a graduate of the Florida State University fashion-merchan dising program, worked in retail, both as a fashion buyer and sales associate her entire adult life until motherhood took over. With two of her children now off at FSU themselves, she decided it was time for her to get back to work. I went back into the retail world, looking for a part-time job, she said. But with the econ omy the way it is, even with my experience it took me over a year After dipping her toes back into the fashion world by eventu ally landing two part-time jobs, her family urged her to jump in My sister asked me last New Years what my resolution was, and I told her I didnt have one, West said. She said that this was ly open my own store, and I think I laughed her off. I had four kids and two jobs, it didnt seem pos sible. Yet 10 months later she was signing a lease, and a month later opening her very own store in the heart of Winter Park I wouldnt have done it anywhere else, she said. To buy merchandise for the daughters to Los Angeles Lind say a student at FSU, and Hannah a sophomore at Winter Park High School. All of Hannahs friends say the store looks like Hannahs dream closet, and all of Lindsays friends say the same thing about her, and my friends the same about me, West said. When asked to describe the store, Wests friend and volunteer at the shop, Liz Lovaglio, said, Its Lisas everything in here is just Lisa. Filling a void From name brand clothing brands and designers, like BCBG Generation and Free People, to jewelry pieces from around the world, West said Charyli offers something for everyone, but also something different than what enue store. Different and affordable were the two things I really wanted to accomplish in this store, West said. Were trying to bring in different things that other people dont have on the Avenue. She cross checks with her mer chandisers to make sure no one on the street carries the same products shes ordering, to both ensure shes not stepping on any ones toes and that her store can pieces. If anyone else on the Avenue already has it, even if its great, she said, I dont want it. What she does want, she said, Park Avenue in affordable cloth ing. Nothing in her store, despite its intimate, designer boutique feel, she says, costs more than $200. By offering private shopping parties, wine and cheese nights, and reaching out to the Rollins College community, West is doing her best to make Charyli a shop ping destination on Park Avenue. I just want to keep everybody happy and loving to shop here, and provide a fun, unique atmo sphere to keep customers wanting to come back, she said. 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 PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Lisa West opened Charyli, a clothing boutique that bears the rst two letters of her four childrens names. She said its a culmination of motherhood, merchandising and a lifelong dream. Resident opens boutique on Jan. 26 SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Charyli boutique is located at 400 Park A ve. South, Ste. 120, in Winter Park. For more information about the boutique, and its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 26, visit their F acebook page at www. facebook.com/Charyli Learn more Plan your weekend with The Weekender! This weekly newsletter keeps you up to date on events happening in Central Florida's cities, including Winter Park, Maitland, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Waterford Lakes. Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"

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Page 9 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Family Calendar John Rivers founded 4 Rivers restaurant in Winter Park in Oc tober 2009. The restaurant chain grew up fast, now boasting three locations and plans to add 24 more across the country. After celebrating the two-year tion, John Rivers announced that the 1,350-square-foot smokehouse would relocate three blocks east, to 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., a space previously occupied by J&W Landscaping Services, in March. The main reason for the move, Rivers said, is to provide muchneeded parking volume the current location has just 13 park ing spots, and the new venue will have 81. The new 6,995-square-foot space will almost triple the size of the restaurant and include indoor and outdoor seating. The Observer sat down with Rivers this week to learn more about the move as well as his plans for the future. Observer: Now that you are moving your Winter Park restau rant to a venue with larger seat ing, do you think that there will be still be lines that extend into the street? Rivers: I think so, the inside design in the front area is not go ing to change, the design itself still brings people through, in front of the food, in front of the carving and everything else, and that nat urally creates a line. O: Other than the increased size, what were some other rea restaurant? R: The reason we moved re ally is the parking issue itself Im doing this because its the right thing to do, for the neigh borhood thats behind us right now it burdens me, when I pull up, and I see the long line, people are happy. Im happy with that, and I wouldnt change that, but when I watch them try to park, and the amount of hassle that it is, it shouldnt be that way. O: What do you think is your recipe for success? R: Figuratively? Its very sim ple; its God and good food. And I think it really is that simple too. Literally? Those two are two key components to it. Word of mouth, is amazing I always tell all of my employees that you treat ev eryone who walks through that door like friends and family you combine that personalized treatment with good food, good high-quality, fresh-made food, and in a clean and exciting envi ronment, I think that makes a dif ference. O: Are you planning to add more recipes to your menu? R: Im always cooking. Im always developing recipes. Its something Im passionate about and I love doing. And what most of those recipes translate to, its either a special, a sandwich or soup or a new dessert that I cre ate. Or we tend to do different, ei ther catering events, where well put some different items out there or weve got a Food Network event coming up at the end of Feb ruary. It gives me the opportunity to play around with something thats a little bit different than just your traditional barbecue, kind of, you know, knock everything up a notch or two. O: What other places are you planning to expand to? R: My plan right now, is to open 24 of them, across the coun try Were not in a hurry; well open one at a time Probably one to two new units a year. O: Why do you think that your restaurant has become so popular in Central Florida? R: People are very pas sionate about barbecue. When you bring them something thats different and high quality, made fresh every day in a different type of setting, and you make it excit ing and you personalize it for them. O: What do your in-laws in Texas think of your specialty bris ket? R: My in-laws? Theyre not brisket cookers necessarily but they love it. Every time that we go and we visit in Texas, it means a lot to me that they ask me to bring my brisket, to Texas anytime a Texan comes through the line, or somebody from the south Mid west area Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas City and they tell me its good or better from what they had at home, that means a lot to me . Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC2400 N Forsyth Rd., Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32807Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 17 years! Scan QR Code ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER 4 Rivers owner John Rivers, left, and The Food Networks Adam Gertler stand behind a 30-foot-long skewer at the Cows n Cabs event Oct. 22, held in Winter Park. Rivers agship Winter Park store will be moving about three blocks east in order to accomodate more parking. 4 Rivers lays out plans DANIEL RICO Guest Writer Maitland presents the Childrens Art & History Festival on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A&Hs Maitland Art Cen ter, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Only 60 tickets are available. Thirty are available through the ArtsFest lottery. Visit www.Arts FestFl.com through Jan. 21 and click on the Ticket Lottery button. The 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Florida Vocal Competition is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium, located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane in Winter Park. Call 407-922-4688 or Swantje1@hotmail.com The Seasons 52 Park A venue 5.2k is at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, (3.2 miles). Visit tinyurl. com/seasons5k The Art & History Museums Maitland adult and children classes begin on Monday Jan. 23. Visit www.ArtandHistory.org Maitland Public Library events: Reading Buddies, a reading en hancement program, will happen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, with fun activities for k-2 graders. Maitlands Central Parks: Our Cultural Heritage, a presentation on the history of Maitlands Cen tral Parks, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Register by calling 407-647-7000. There will be blood pressure checks by the Maitland Fire & Rescue at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. An LCC Social Networking Lab, will happen at 10 a.m. Please reg ister to attend. LCC: How to Create Poetry workshop, Part 1 will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Please register to attend. There will be an LCC Literature Science Fiction presentation on Anime from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. Please register to attend. There will be an LCC Social Net working event for seniors at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Learn how to use Skype. Please register to attend. Books to Die For! Mystery Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The title select ed for January is Sarahs Key by De Rosnay. What you need to know about Medicare presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Please regis ter to attend. A Contemporary Author Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25. at 1:30 p.m. The title selected for January is Paris Wife by McLain. 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Page 10 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Healthy Living Two little girls sit at a table eating dinner, their plates heaped with green stuff and it isnt ar broccoli, green edamame, green dressing, all over brown rice. There arent any of the squeals of protest you might imagine hearing from a 9and 6-year old, just the silence that comes when people are really enjoying a meal. This Winter Park family lives on vegetables. Anika, 9, and Kse nia Goel, 6, have been mostly vegan all of their lives. They and casionally, but their mom, Gretch en Goel, hasnt eaten any animal products in six years. I choose it because I choose to make conscious decisions, and I want to live in a planet that is clean, where animals are not being tortured and treated inhumanely and where people are healthy, and I think we can achieve all these goals, Goel said. Growing interest There isnt exact research on how many vegetarians there are in the U.S., but most polls and re search place the number at about 3 percent of the population. That number hasnt changed much, so vegetarian and vegan diets dont seem to be a growing trend in the U.S., but its clear that more people are interested in the idea. Theres the Meatless Monday so cial media campaign, which is ex actly what it sounds like, soy milk and veggie burgers can be found on almost any grocery store shelf, even fast food restaurants have jumped on board. Winter Park and the Orlando area are hosts to many vegetarian and vegan restaurants and bak eries, including Caf 118, Loving Hut and Dandelion Communitea Caf. Theres been a huge change in said Kelly Shockley, owner of Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando. Shockley wouldnt tell any one when he went vegan in 2002 because people were rearing to argue about the lifestyle choice. It sounded crazy to some people then, but now his restaurant, which he opened in 2007 after lando, is a popular place that serves a variety of customers 70 percent of whom he says arent vegetarian or vegan. People are starting to open up to it, he said. Healthy choice A lot of that may be the posi tive research backing the choice; science is on the side of a plantbased diet. A vegetarian diet has been proven to lower the risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, lower blood pressure, and even reverse some of those diseases. Amy Sindler, a registered di etician and licensed nutritionist who works at the Orlando VA Medical Center, couldnt name one drawback to the diet. And for those who claim people were meant to eat meat, she disagrees. They werent, she said. We 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. For more information about vegetarianism, The Vegetarian Resource Group is a good start, www.vrg.org. To learn more about the health benets of the diet, visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine site at www.pcrm.org. To connect with other vegetarians in the area, check out Vegetarians of Central Florida at www.vegcf.org Learn more PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Gretchen Goel, left, prepares a vegan meal with her daughters, Anika, right, and Ksenia. The girls have been mostly vegan all of their lives, except for the occasional sh and egg meals. Please see VEGET ARIAN on page 11 There may not be more vegetarians in the U.S., but there are more options for the lifestyle, and more people are incorporating it into their diets BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Going veggie

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Your blood pres number, systolic BP, is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. The second number, diastolic BP, is the force of the blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. High BP makes the heart work too hard, which over time can cause damage to your arteries, heart and kidneys and cause a stroke. Most people with hypertension are taking at least one step to lower it, but over half do not have it under control. So how do you lower your BP? What works? Medication is a fast way to get your BP controlled. For the long-term, lifestyle changes are key and can lower or eliminate your need for drug treatment. A combina tion of these strategies can help boost your energy and avoid or postpone medical problems: Medication Take your medication as prescribed every day. It works. Mind your weight Blood pressure can go up and down with weight gains and losses. Having the right weight for your height can lower your blood pressure dramatically. Move Enjoyable and frequent exercise, combined with healthy eating, can help you get and maintain a healthy weight. Take to the Central Florida trails on foot, on a bike or rollerblades (with hel met, knee and wrist pads), increase your swimming, or frequent the gym. Be sure to pick something you like and enjoy. Make DASH your diet The DASH diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, low fat dairy, lean poultry and out http://www.dashdietoregon.org/ for some sample menus and recipes. Minimize sodiumWe lose some salt when we sweat in the Florida heat, but most of us have more than enough salt. The salt shaker adds only a fraction of our salt intake. Salt is in just about every canned, frozen, processed and restaurant food. Read the sodium content on the labels. Go for fresh instead. Live danger ously; spice up your life with new spices. Try the ethnic grocery stores in town for some interesting new spices, such as the Indian spice mixture garam masala. Moderate alcohol Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks a day includ ing beer is linked with higher BP. Try water with a fresh lime or unsweetened green tea instead. Magic chocolate Perhaps the most enjoyable way to help your blood pres sure is dark chocolate or cocoa. Ten studies have shown BP declines slightly with daily small doses of good chocolate. Mindful Relaxation Daily doses of relaxation also can help lower blood pres sure. Taking in the serene lakes of Central Florida, the quiet evenings, the sunsets, yoga and meditation classes are just some of the ways to coax your relaxed self forward. Monitor Home monitors for blood pressure can help you keep an eye on your pressure. You can also visit our friendly checked by the pros. Make the most of your life choices, with healthy eating, exercise, good relationships and relaxation. Maitland resident Nancy Rudner Lugo is a nurse practitioner and president of Health Action, offering workplace health consulting and nurse coaching. Visit www.healthaction.biz Nancy Rudner Lugo Health Action can meet our nutritional needs through a plant-based diet. meaning they consciously choose to eat less meat for health reasons. A poll by market the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 33 percent of the country is eating vegetar and 16 percent enjoy meatless meals more than half the time. Both Goel and Shockley said they just felt better after going vegan. You feel lighter, not only physically but mentally as well, Shockley said. Goel always had high blood pressure as a teen, and when she went vegetarian dropped 75 points. Ive felt a huge difference ever since, she said. Successful through education But its not a cure-all, said Kaye-Ann Taylor, registered dietician and licensed nutritionist with a practice in Orlando of fering nutritional counseling. While the di ance and education. There are overweight meats with carbohydrates. Some dont get the vitamins and minerals they need. For kids it can be even trickier because theyre developing. If I had a parent who was very cogni zant of nutritional needs and what theyre doing, I would not have a problem, Tay lor said. Because its a tough area to moni tor and to ensure that children are meeting their nutritional needs, I dont know that I would go and encourage it. Goel has that, though. Shes got a certif icate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and uses that knowledge every day when she makes dinner for her fam ily. Every meal is planned with nutritional value in mind. Its a conscious diet, she said. And thats what Taylor said can really matter, even if someone just thinks about adding a little more green into their lives. When people are taking a look at their nutritional habits and lifestyle habits, that are enough to make improvements, she said. VEGET ARIAN | Parents should be cognizant of their childrens nutritional needs no matter the type of diet C ONTINUED FROM P AGE 10

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Page 12 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer I am a Seminole County resident and an internal medicine physician. I am also mother to three active kids, one who plays tackle football on AAU league in Sanford. One past Saturday we were having an end-of-year barbecue for the football team. I was in line to get a hamburg er when I heard "Denise, we need you." In the background, a crowd of partygoers screamed that a dad from the team had fallen down and was having a seizure. I put my hands on someone's chest and pushed them hard out of my way, as I yelled, "You, call 911!" My friend was on his side un der the basket, not moving. And I was afraid it was more than a seizure. I rolled him to his back and stared at his blue face, foam ing mouth and eyes that were rolled back in his head. His wife was 2-3 feet away, screaming and crying. There was a ring of adults standing nearby. I believe they were helping the victims wife and calling 911. The only thing I saw from then on was my cyanotic friend. I remembered to myself, ABC: airway, breathing, circulation. I lifted his neck, supported his head, and blew into his mouth. The sound that came out was a death rattle. I was frightened, but I had to keep giving him oxygen, I did this over and over. Finally, I saw some color coming back, but not as quickly as I had hoped. Still, there was no sign of his pulse returning, and no move ment of his face. the lives I had saved during my 22-year career as a physician, but today it looked like I wouldn't do my job. I was determined to not give up, and just concen trated and did what I needed to do. Then, just as I was about to leave his mouth to check his pulse and start chest compres sions, I heard a voice behind me, "I know CPR. How can I help?" There is a God, I said to myself. I was back in doctor mode and gave out orders, Go on that side and get me a pulse. No pulse! she exclaimed, and correctly told me she was ready to do chest compressions whenever I gave the order. Suddenly, there were my friends eyes, still pinpoint, but looking at me! Next, there face! No chest compressions! I yelled. CPR saves lives. Learn it, you never know when you may need it. I am happy for my friend, his wife and two kids that the story ends this way, but stories like this do not always have happy endings, not without CPR train ing (CPR does not guarantee a successful outcome, but you never know if you could have saved a life unless you try). You never know when your friend may need it. Its OK to be scared in a situation like this, but what is scarier than losing someone? Get over your fright. Take action. Visit RedCross.org or Heart. and CPR classes. Dr. Denise Panuccio practices at 460 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 2200, Altamonte Springs. Call 407-869-8747. When you hear the term stem cells, what comes to mind? Religious controversy? Ethical debate? embryonic stem cell research? These associations are common, and unfortunately could be limiting how often stem cells are donated for use as a lifesaving transplant. Many people equate stem cells with embryonic stem cell research but non-embryonic (or adult) stem cells are different and theyre used every day in modern medicine to save lives. Further more, to date, embryonic stem cells have not been used for many human therapeutic purposes. Nearly everyone knows someone that has had or needed a bone marrow transplant, but did you know that the transplant is actually of a type of stem cell? There are several types of adult stem cells that are far removed from their controversial embry onic cellular parents. Adult stem cells can be found in the bone marrow, peripheral blood, um bilical cord blood, fat tissue, teeth and many other sources. Over 100,000 stem cell trans plants have been performed in used in the late 1960s for trans plants to combat leukemia, lym phoma and other blood diseases. plant using umbilical cord blood stem cells was performed. The transplant has led to several thousand more patients being treated with stem cells. Addition ally, adult stem cells are being medicine to further develop uses other diseases. The beauty of umbilical cord blood stem cells is that these cells are collected from what was once considered medical waste. After the normal delivery of a baby, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, and about 150mL of cord blood remains in the cord. This cord blood is rich in stem cells that can be used as an alterna tive to bone marrow stem cells for transplantation. These stem cells from the cord blood can be used for treating more than 75 diseases. In addition to the easy and non-invasive collection process for cord blood, these cells offer a few advantages over bone marrow stem cells when used for transplantation. Stem cells from cord blood are biologically much less mature than those from bone marrow of an adult donor. If we think of the immune cells as warriors, the war riors found in the adult marrow donor sample are fully capable mon problem in a bone marrow sourced stem cell transplant is graft vs. host disease (or GVHD). GVHD occurs when the donor cells attack the recipient cells and tissue as foreign. This can cause a very severe problem for trans plant recipients and is a form of reverse rejection. With cord blood sourced stem cell transplants, GVHD is typi cally far less prevalent and far less severe. This is because the warriors are less mature. The ing. This is the same reason that newborn babies often constantly immune system cells are not yet fully functional. In the transplant setting, hav ing these functionally immature immune cells allows the match ing between donor and recipient to be less important. In a bone marrow source transplant, the donor must perfectly match the recipient, whereas in a cord blood sourced transplant, a less-perfect match can be used with similar success. This leads to more pa stem cell source for their needed transplant. According to recent data from the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), nonCaucasian recipients in need of suitable matches of cord blood stem cells than from adult mar row donors. You can donate your cord blood for free or privately store it for a fee through the Alta monte Springs-based Lifeforce Cryobanks. Because of cord blood, many more people, especially non-Caucasians, can receive the life-saving treatment they desperately need. Donald Hudspeth is COO of Lifeforce Cryobanks, which is based in Altamonte Springs. For information, visit www.Life forceCryobanks.com or www.CordforLife. com Lack of Desire or Low Energy? Testosterone Lab Work for $35 (a $240 Value) Call today for a risk-free appointment: 407-894-9959 Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing 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 It s In Your Heart To Quit Now Is The Time For Your New Year s Resolution2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.YourLifeRecovery.com 407-629-0413 Stem cell confusion could be limiting lifesaving transplants DONALD HUDSPETH Guest Writer Hudspeth Learn CPR, save lives DR. DENISE PANUCCIO Guest Writer Winter Park Sip kicks off 2012 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Maitland sushi restaurant RanGetsus Grace Mendoza pours some merlot at the rst Winter Park Sip and Stroll of the year, held Jan. 12. Visit wpmobserver.com to view more photos from the event, which showcases shops and features wine tastings along Park Avenue.

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Page 13 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The intensity of youth ex plodes in William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, the most enduring love story of all time, performed from Jan. 25 to March 17 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Orlando Shakes prom ises that Romeo and Juliet has never been so captivating, or so dangerous, as in this new production. Running in rotat ing repertory with Cymbeline the same actors in different plays on different nights is how Shakespeares company did it 400 years ago. A magical fairy tale, Cymbeline features one of Shakespeare's most resourceful female characters, Imogen, who by secretly marrying the poor, but worthy Posthumus. Cym beline, complete with love, laughter, betrayal and redemp tion, is performed from Feb. 8 to March 18. Curiously, the plots of both plays hinge on a sleeping potion used in very different ways. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org Honoring Roberto Clemente Anytime you have an oppor tunity to make a difference in this world and you dont do it, you are wasting your time on this earth. Roberto Clemente Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente, developed by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Clemente family and the Mu seo de Arte de Puerto Rico, is a bilingual exhibition honoring the achievements of a man who was more than a great baseball player. This tribute exhibit takes visitors on a journey into sports history and ethnic pride, while honor ing Clemente for his profound commitment to helping others. It runs from Jan. 21 through March 18 at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. Call 407-836-8500 or visit thehisto rycenter.org I Love You Because The Winter Park Playhouse will present the Central Florida Premiere of the musical I Love You Because, a hit with New York audiences who loved its contemporary score and its very funny love story. "This is the perfect show for our Valentines Day slot! It's a modern-day telling of Jane Aus tin's Pride and Prejudice, with a wonderfully sweet and witty take on contemporary dating," Musi cal Director Christopher Leavy said. I Love You Because will run from Jan. 20 to Feb. 11. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterpark playhouse.org Pinkalicious: the musical With a not-at-all-subtle mes sage about nutrition (we are what we eat), the lead character of the musical Pinkalicious named Pinkalicious Pinkerton loves pink so much that she wants everything in her life to be pink. After over-indulging in pink cupcakes, she awakens the next pinkititis, she must eat green, healthy foods to return to normal. But one persons normal is another persons main course, so the question remains Can she resist all those pink desserts and candies? Directed by Steve MacKinnon, Sarah Daniels will star as Pinkalicious in the new production running from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19 at the very kid-friendly Orlando Repertory Theater. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep. com. The Orlando Repertory Theatre is at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlandos Loch Haven Park. The Wall that Heals The Vietnam Veterans Memo rial Fund is bringing The Wall that Heals, a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to downtown Orlando through Jan. 22. The traveling museum will be at the northeast corner of Lake Eola Park. We are invited to visit the seven-day exhibit to remember loved ones, bring photos of friends or loved ones who perished in Vietnam, share experiences with others and learn more about the Vietnam War era. Since 1996, The Wall that Heals has visited more than 350 cities throughout the U.S. The Wall also features a mobile museum, including pictures and stories of the men and women who served in Vietnam, as well as displays chronicling the history of the war. Visit vvmf.org Greek monuments in exhibit the Atlantic coast on Friday, Jan. 20, I invite you to an exhibit of my photography of ancient Greek monuments called No Stone Unturned. Im pleased to be at the beautiful new EGAD! Art Lab at 1405 Highland Ave. in Melbourne. My images document the ongoing reconstruction of the iconic Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 20, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., which is preceded by a Din ner with the Artist at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the opening. The opening is free, but reservations are required for the dinner. Call 321-258-2119. 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. This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH O RLANDO A VE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.E NZIAN.ORG Due to popular demand, extended one more week! THE AR TIST Fri Sun 3:45PM 6:30PM 9:15PM Mon Wed 6:30PM 9:15PM Thurs 9:45PM SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL USA presents: ARBITRAGE Thurs 6:30PM Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: Stinker Night FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY 8PM FREE Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar Shakespeare plays in repertory

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Page 14 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Opinions Early voting is awesome. It reduces lines on Election Day, those of us who cant sneak away from work or other responsibili ties on a Tuesday and it generally promotes the democratic process. Early voting has also grown wildly popular with about a dozen states expanding the time frame for these early bird voters in the last decade. And more people are taking advantage. Associated Press, early voters increased from 22 percent in 2004 to 34 percent in 2008. Now about a half dozen states, including Florida, have passed laws that seek inexplicably to reverse that trend. One of the major changes Florida voters will see this year is their early voting time period shrunk from 14 to eight days. Early voting starts this Saturday. Voting is also canceled the Sun day before Election Day. Within the broadest of terms these changes will affect all voters identically, and thats an easy talking point to stick to. In theory, everybody will have the same to go to the polls. In practice, the story changes dramatically. The numbers have already told us what will happen before the laws reach becomes more tangible to the voters come Election Day. Opponents to these laws say it disenfranchises Democrats, among whom early voting is very popular. More than 3.3 million to the polls prior to Election Day during the 2008 presidential elec tion compared to 810,666 Florida Republicans, a USA Today report stated. Opponents also said these laws are meant to keep mi norities, the elderly and student voters, who are also known to be fans of early voting, from the polls. More than half of blacks in Florida cast their votes early in 2008. Given the data at hand, the effect of these laws, whether intended or otherwise, is obvious. To a Republican-dominated legis lature, the issue becomes terrify ingly black and white. If you give voters increased, but equal, access to the polls, more Democrats than Republicans will take advantage of that improved access. Re duce opportunities to vote, and Democrats will stay away from the polls more disproportionately than Republican voters. Of course the law isnt banish ing early voting, its cutting it down from two weeks to one, still giving people plenty of time to get to the polls, say proponents of the new laws. Furthermore, proponents say cutting early vot ing down will also save the state money. And what government couldnt use more money in its coffers? Other laws that passed include a reduction in the time allotted for third-party groups, like the ones who sit outside of retailers encouraging people to register to vote, to 48 hours to turn in regis tration. A teacher in New Smyrna Beach could already be in hot wa ter after turning in late registra tions for some of her students. Several efforts are under way to investigate these laws and the real motivating factors behind them and there are movements in Florida and throughout the country aimed at repealing these laws. Obamas campaign, Orga nizing for America, helped drive a petition that collected enough signatures to get a repeal petition on Ohios November ballot and the campaign is starting similar efforts in other states. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson an nounced earlier this month that hes asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the laws. Some digging should also money our government stands to save by limiting early voting. If its substantial, it poses the ques tion: Is a week versus two really so bad? There are 15 states in this country that dont allow early voting at all. But thats a group of late adopters that we should all see as behind the curve, not ahead of it. Yes, a week of early voting still provides ample time to cast a vote, no matter your race, creed or place in the world. But the fact that theres any extra time to vote left after those laws are poor consolation for voters on the losing side of what has become a sadly partisan issue. Increasing Floridas abysmal voter turnout rates shouldnt be a partisan happening. Given the obvious nature of the laws effect, those who draft point on these fractured politics for us: Those who disagree with the current Legislature should have less of a chance to say so. And now that forcibly silenced voice is no longer a political ide ology; its the law. C heers to B radley My congratulations to Ken Bradley, our sitting mayor, on two excellent debate pre sentations. Clearly his understanding of the issues, demonstration of his accomplish municate to the citizens and listen to the needs of the city were well demonstrated. I appreciate his dedication to the city and the It is refreshing to have the city again run as a business coupled with it meeting the needs of the citizens. Thank you! Marc Hagle Winter Park Bradley is clear choice The city of Winter Park is much better today than it was three years ago. All you need to do is take a look at the vibrancy of our downtown village to know that in spite of very challenging times our wonderful community has managed to thrive and prosper. We have been fortunate to have the leadership of Ken Bradley, a very quali three years ago to increasing our city's reserves by $5.8 million. More importantly, Ken Bradley has kept our tax rates low and ing our essential services. Our crime rates nationally accredited. Ken is also committed to hearing from the community. In order to accommodate more citizen input in December of 2009, Ken implemented a designated period of time so that citizens have an equal time of three minutes to address the City Commis sion about their concerns. This has provid ed a consistent window for citizens to voice their concerns and arrange their schedules accordingly. Ken's leadership has attracted national headquarters such as Ruth's Hospitality Group, parent company of Ruth Chris Steakhouse to relocate to Winter Park. Our downtown vacancy rates have gone percent in our central business district. No small feat in such challenging economic times. Under his leadership, the city of Winter Park has worked hard to preserve and refresh our beloved Central Park. Ken Bradley has staunchly maintained and championed the charm, heritage and architecture of our beloved city. Without a doubt our city is better today than it was three years ago! ished and he needs your vote and our help and economically vibrant. Ken has a clear vision for the future of Winter Park. His desire for the future includes increasing the number of jobs in Winter Park and reduc ing our unemployment rate by half. As the CEO of Winter Park Memorial Hospital he has created more than 700 jobs in the past 11 years and possesses the business acumen and job creation experience that is needed to achieve these goals. He will con our city budget balanced. Ken Bradley suc cessfully manages budgets totaling more than $300 million for Winter Park Hospital and the city of Winter Park on a daily basis. our city than Ken Bradley. On Jan. 31 you will be asked to cast your vote for the mayor of Winter Park. It is our hope as former mayors, residents and con cerned citizens that you will cast your vote for Ken Bradley for mayor of Winter Park. Dave Johnston, Gary Brewer, Joe Terranova, Kip Marchman, Dan Hunter, Allen Trovillion Former Winter Park mayors A new way to date in the new year If youre tired of bad blind dates and striking out on Match.com, why not make a change for 2012? Make the New Year a new you with a new way to date. DinnerDate is unlike traditional dating websites. Using a more natural way of meeting people, DinnerDate allows local singles to meet for dinner at popular Or lando restaurants in a secure group setting of 6-12 people. It is an easy way to meet new people in a comfortable, safe setting. Founded by the CEO of Planet Holly wood, Robert Earl, the new dating website in our City Beautiful. DinnerDate brings to the forefront the keyboards and screens, while blending with contemporary online techniques for communicating once a connection was made over dinner. Marrying the technology of online dat group activities, DinnerDate helps alleviate the stress and anxiety of one-on-one dates and the safety concerns of online dating. Get your recently single friends back in the game by introducing them to comfortable, safe dinner with other 30-somethings look ing for a real connection. All daters have to do is simply book a seat at the group table and come to the meal ready to enjoy good food and conver sation with other singles. Daters can also bring a friend on a DinnerDate with them. Then, if daters connect with someone at the meal, they can return to the website to mes sage each other and exchange details. The thing that people seem to like best about this concept, besides the whole law of averages, is the fact that if all else goes wind up having a good evening out with new interesting people, Earl said. And since everyone pays for themselves, there are no awkward who pays moments. DinnerDate has no monthly fees. Users simply sign up for the dinner that most appeals to them and pay for their threecourse meal and a small processing fee. Dinners are budget friendly and themed by age group, sexual orientation and interests, like single parents or newly single. Par people they will be dining with before they sign up and can send private messages after the date to reconnect and plan future dates. Orlando is a melting pot of singles looking to meet someone who shares their same interest, said Andrew Connell, ex ecutive V.P. of Planet Hollywood and presi dent of DinnerDate, who was previously Nokias Global VP Online. Many single peoples new years resolutions are to get out and give dating another try, so Dinner Date will offer nightly events with an array of themes. This gives the opportunity to get istry in a casual environment while dining on a delicious dinner. All restaurants are local to Orlando. DinnerDate is helping to boost the industry by guaranteeing a table full of meals on normally quieter weekday nights. Its a win-win situation. Some Winter Park Dinner Dates include: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. 20s to 30s at Hot Olives in Winter Park Monday, Jan 23, at 7:30 pm. 40s to 50s at RanGetsu in Winter Park Other participating restaurants include Park Plaza Gardens, Funky Monkey, Nick's Italian, Prickly Pear, Bananas, Ceviche, Vito's Chophouse, Charley's Steakhouse, Johnnie's Hideaway, Big Fin, City Fire, and Crave and more are joining every day. Visit dinnerdate.com for more informa tion. Tyger Danger Winter Park Our Observation Letters to the editor King Features Weekly ServiceJanuary 16, 2012 New voter laws dont have equal impact Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 15 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Last summer, almost 16,000 Floridians called and sent emails urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto a regressive new elections law passed during the 2011 legislative session. Disregarding those mes sages, the governor approved the law and urged immediate and unprecedented implementation. The new regulations are so troubling to the League of Women Voters of Florida that we have instituted a statewide suspension of voter registration activities even though we have been successfully registering vot ers in this state for more than 70 years. Florida has made tremen dous progress since the infamous 2000 election ensuring a paper trail, investing in new machinery and creating a statewide elec tronic voter database so it is particularly disappointing to see our state go back in time. The most egregious provi sions of the law include a cut in the number of early voting days from 14 to eight, a requirement that voters who have moved to a different county vote by pro visional ballot at the polls, and unnecessarily burdensome rules for third-party voter registration groups like the League. Very sim ply, the law transforms core civic participation something our government should be encourag ing into a mountain of risk and red tape. For example, the law requires voter registration groups to confront volunteers with a sworn felony penalties and possible jail laws are violated. In addition, the law stipulates an unrealistic 48hour turnaround for registration forms, meaning volunteers could spend more time delivering and tracking completed forms than actually registering voters. This kind of voter suppression law sets up impassable roadblocks for groups like the League and will prevent eligible voters in Florida from becoming part of our demo cratic process. Our part-time volunteers simply do not have an attorney on one hand and an administra tive assistant on the other to help them navigate these treacherous and complex rules and regula tions. In Santa Rosa and Volusia counties, two public school teach ers already have been entrapped by these rules as they tried to help students register to vote. This law does nothing to make Florida elections more secure. It simply makes it harder to get eligible voters into our demo cratic process. Florida already has reliable systems and procedures in place to ensure the integrity of our elections, and this law puts new and unnecessary burdens some county supervisors of elections have joined a lawsuit kind of voter suppression, the League has two lawsuits pending that challenge the legality of such legislation. On the eve of a major national election, Florida should be look ing for ways to streamline voting, not creating chaos and confu sion for voters and groups that perform voter registration, which could result in voters being left out and votes not being counted. The bottom line: The new elec enforce, will cost taxpayer money and will keep eligible voters out of the democratic process. To ensure that your vote counts, we encourage all Florida citizens to visit BeReadyToVote. org to check your voter status or register to vote. Check back throughout the election season for updates on election dates, early voting locations and voter guide information. Deirdre Macnab is the president of the League of Women V oters of Florida and Ann Hellmuth is the president of the League of Women V oters of Orange County. Chris Jepson Perspectives E pluribus unum extinctus Semper Paratus? free market capitalism has always been swindlers game By the exploitation of the many, a ruthless few have amassed large amounts of capital by which they dominate mainstream narratives and compromise Phil Rockstroh Ah, the American Dream. It is much in the public eye these days what with the realization that our Middle Class has been shrinking the past 30 years. That and the fact that more and more of Americas wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and, um, pockets. And that much of that wealth shift is a result, not of changing global labor markets or disrup tive technological innovations but of a collusion between Americas moneyed class (and their smarmy lobbyists) and Washington (and state/local) politicians. Theyve created laws, tax codes and regu lations that favor the few over the many. E pluribus unum extinctus. It is hard for me to understand why Americans are such a complacent lot in light that so many are being hosed by so few. Complacent and confused. The confusion stems from the fact that we believe deep down in the goodness of our democratic souls that government is actu ally working for all of us. Oh, it is. But its working in a way that heavily favors the few over the many. Please, now apply President Reagans completely discred ited trickle-down economics to yourself and your family. Like what youre left with? We are as fatted-cows complacently led to the slaughterhouse via the election booth. Moooo! Part of the problem for many Ameri cans is the challenge of understanding just how rigged our system has become at every level of governance. And Ive a local example that illustrates the problem. Right now, today, the city of Orlando is planning the demolition of the old Magic basketball arena. Built with your tax dol lars (contrary to the argument that theyre tourist-related tax revenue) the building Regardless of the civic/aesthetic value system that constructs public buildings only to tear them down, willy-nilly, much as you would a temporary shed in your backyard, the larger question remains, why subsidize a billionaires private toy (a basketball team/franchise, in this instance)? Orlando (city/county governments) new arena to replace the old. The DeVos family (said billionaires) kicked in ap proximately 12 percent of the cost with the remaining money (85 percent plus) coming from our local tax revenues. Oh, the politicians will say, Jepson, you got it all wrong. Were funding this half-abillion dollar building with taxes se cured from visiting tourists. It costs you (Orlando/Orange County) nothing. And, anyway tourist tax revenue can only be spent in such ways (to increase tourism). Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Why subsidize billionaires. Why invest public revenue restrict tourist revenue in such ways? Man makes the laws anyway he/she sees ing to subsidize billionaires because our hands are tied, well, doofus, untie your hands. Imagine if we had invested half-a-bil lion in local arts. Or cops. Or teachers. But, my critics will say, We need a professional sports team cuz Orlando aspires to be world class! Tell that to our collective civic ego every time a millionaire Shaq or Dwight Howard says, I love yall but trade me out of this two-bit market! Game on! The capitalist way. And the swindle continues. 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 Louis Roney Play On! Our armed forces are in an uproar. As commander-in-chief, President Obama is crippling our military abili ties. He is doing this as energetically and purposefully as though he were dedi cated to weakening our defenses. Before many more Obama days, our armed forces may be relatively what they were before World War II when, if we had not been granted arms-production time by the Atlantic Ocean, we possibly could not have withstood a German invasion. Bataan I had never heard of Bataan until I heard of the Bataan Death March. The conquering Japanese forced some 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners to march some 25 miles a day to their im prisonment. Many prisoners who could not keep up the pace were shot dead on the spot by their Japanese captors. Wel come to war, the march seemed to say. I know firsthand that we Americans were given explicit orders not to mistreat prisoners we took. However, in every group of men who have in their hands the power to mistreat captives, are a certain number who have a sadistic streak that comes out in their unbridled hatred of the enemy. Changes President Obama has committed an unconstitutional usurpation of power by bypassing Congress approval of his new appointments. Obama has begun to make the rules himself and grabs power legally or not. (I can recall several leaders who have done similar things: i.e. Hitler, Mussolini, etc.) Chicagoan Sol Alinsky was the political mentor of Obama (as well as of Hillary Clinton) and Alinskys talk has often seemed to denigrate the U.S. Obamas first presidential words to the American public made it clear that he was going to change things, as do many newly elected officials. But change the Constitution? No way! Troys lesson In France, I sang the part of Aeneas in the most monumental of French operas, The Trojans of Hector Berlioz. A Trojan woman, Cassandra, runs up from the beach and into the city of Troy, yelling, Get ready to fight! The Greeks are coming. At that time Troy was knee deep in revelry, and wine was flowing like water. The Trojans completely ig nored Cassandras warning. The Greeks came. Troy fell. At this time I feel that I am once again playing Aeneas, and that I am witnessing a country that pays no heed to the most urgent warnings. History is famous for repeating itself thus we had World War I followed by World War II, and the future looks none too peaceful. The weapons change, but the evil destruction goes on. The American who thinks, Ive got mine, anyhow, lulls himself into a state of soporific satisfaction. He smiles conde scendingly when he confronts the scari est of warnings. He forgets his days as a Boy Scout when the sign, be prepared hung on the Scout hut wall. Too many Americans are watching soap operas and sports contests, and dial past the ominous news being dribbled out in small, unalarming doses. When Hitler was ranting like a madman, we looked at him as an exaggerated and corny thespian. When Hitler had taken Poland and France, and England was fighting alone for its existence, we thought that we were safe when we shipped arms to Britain. Then Hitler made the suicidal mistake of declaring war on the United States. With Obamas suicidal cuts in our military might, are we to become as vulnerable as Troy? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Early Voting in Orange County runs Saturday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28. The only early voting location in the Winter Park/Maitland area is the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England A ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com Learn more Floridas election laws are slipping backward DEIRDRE MACNAB AND ANN HELLMUTH Guest Writers Macnab

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