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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: 01-26-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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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. 26, 2012 50+ tax wpmobserver.comSubscribe now!Visit wpmobserver.com A Maitland City Council member is calling into question the management of one of the citys cultural partners. On Monday, Councilman Phil Bonus told City Council that he cial concerns about the operation of Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H). I brought this item to the agenda to express concerns that I have with the direction MAHA (Maitland Art and History Asso ciation its former name) has been headed, Bonus said. My view is that with a half a mil lion dollar investment on the part of the city, we deserve the right to talk about it. To start these talks, Council proposed holding a workshop soon with the directors of A&H The City Commission shouldnt have separate meetings to discuss issues important to the citizens. Page 14Letters to the editor Lifestyles Hundreds attended the dedication ceremony for the new Maitland Fire Station No. 45 on Nov. 19. Page 11 Dibs on the post ofceWinter Park wants to have the right to buy the Post Ofce property when the U.S. Postal Service is done with it. Page 3 Calendar Eatonville will host the ZORA! Festival of the Arts and Humanities Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 29. Page 10 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 Please see ART on page 2Election loomingCities to elect mayors Tuesday; Gingrich stops by See page 5 for Maitlands mayoral candidates JeENNY AANdDReEAssSSON Observer Staff Early voting is in full swing as Winter Park and Maitland get ready to elect mayors, weigh in on economic incentives meant to attract new businesses to the area, and pick the states Republican nominee for president. It wasnt just the local candidates blazing the campaign trail this week. Presi dential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed donors at a fundraiser at Jeanne Atkinsons Winter Park home on Wednesday evening. What started out as just a small fundraiser turned into a nationally tele vised event on Fox News, organizer Shannon Herring said. I thought I was hosting a small reception and fundraiser for Speaker Newt of Winter Park is attending. Check out coverage of the Gingrich event on our website, wpmobserver.com On the local level, we asked the candidates for mayor in Winter Park and Maitland to write, in about 50 words, why they deserve your vote. Heres what they had to say:Winter ParkKen Bradley I'm very excited to run on my record. The last three years in Winter Park have been good years. Winter Park is a much better place than it was. I believe the voters in Winter Park will recog nize that and vote for me. This election is about leadership and about who is best to manage our only one choice. NNancy Miles A city does not run like a corporation. The mayor works for the citizens not the other way around. You deserve a mayor who respects that. Decisions I make as mayor will benof Winter Park. These are Winter Park values. Vote your values Jan. 31. Councilman calls for a review of A&Hs operations archARCHIveVE PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK theTHE oOBserverSERVER AAttendees check out art in the galleries of A&Hs Maitland Art Center in May of last year. SARAH WIlsLSON Observer Staff

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Page 2 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer which is funded partially by a $425,000 cash contribution by the city and the Council to discuss the ups and downs of their part nership so far, and how it can be improved in the future. I dont see this as a controver sial issue, but as an informational one, Councilwoman Linda Frosch said.Bonus discussionBonus cited a high volume of in the last year, as well as A&Hs budget, as two of his six main con cerns, which he listed during the Jan. 23 meeting. Bonus said he decided to raise his issues now, as A&H approach es the 6-month mark of its initial lease agreement with the city, so that a dialogue can be opened between the two before the lease automatically renews for 51 years on Oct. 1. I think we all feel that we are doing the best that we can in many ways, Bonus said, but that doesnt mean that we cant do better, and that doesnt mean that over time we dont need cor rection or redirection in various ways. This dialogue is important on many levels. The Council agreed that an open workshop, addressing Bonus concerns as well as any ad ditional ones presented by other Council members, citizens or the directors of A&H who were not in attendance at the meeting step. Theyll pick a date for the workshop at their Monday, Feb. 13, meeting. This is the time to look at this from both sides, Frosch said. Were heading into a potential long-term marriage with this. HHearing from AA&HH Though not in attendance at the meeting, Executive Direc tor and CEO Andrea Bailey Cox, and the president of the executive board of the A&H, Bill Taulbee, said they look forward to continu of communication with the city. As a cultural partner, we make sure we have a lot of communica tion with the city, Taulbee said. We want to make sure the com munication is always there. Taulbee said the past year and half has been a largely transitional phase for A&H, after Maitland Art Association and Historical Society merged in May 2010. Initially the merger resulted in a 31-person ad visory board, which he along with city advisors felt was unmanage ably large. That was not a workable board, he said. We decided as a board to reduce the members to a number of 15 to 20 through attri tion. With board members terms expiring, and others deciding to leave for personal reasons, he said the Maitland Arts Council cur rently stands at 16 members. Our board has gone through its attrition naturally, he said. Taulbee and Cox said they think workshops between the City Council and A&H directors will help them discuss and clarify the future. We think the more communication the better, Cox said, and we look forward to the work shop. Mayor Howard Schieferdecker said he too looks forward to scheduling workshops in the com ing months. He said he is proud of all the work that has been done with A&H, and hopes upcoming meetings will help smooth out the future success of its cultural part nership with the city. Its a wonderful organization and is really a treasured cultural partner for us, he said. 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 On January 31st, Vote Howard Schieferdecker Mayor of MaitlandWe Need Our New Mayor. We Need Howard Schieferdecker. Howards priorities for the next three years:Attract quality economic growth and development to lighten the tax burden on homeowners and bring new jobs. Continue balancing the budget through cuts in overhead and opposing tax increases. Pursue a high quality pedestrian-friendly downtown. Our New MayorHoward Schieferdecker Dear Maitland Residents, One of the most important decisions you will make when you vote on Tuesday, January 31st is regarding the Future of Maitland . Who will be Maitlands Mayor? We ask you to vote for Howard Schieferdecker. Howard became Mayor last year when the previous mayor, Doug Kinson, resigned, and then unsuccessfully ran for higher oce. As the new Mayor, Howard successfully re-unied the City aer years of dissensio n. e discord was due to an unsuccessful, drawn-out agreement with a large-scale Developer to build our DownTown. Under his leadership and guidance . streamlined our Development Permit Application Process which is being accepted as a prototype for other Cities. framework will insure we can have a High-Quality, Pedestrian-Friendly DownTown from George Avenue to Lake Lily. It will enable our City to successfully grow in phases as land becomes available. Our DownTown will be a place for us to gather and enjoy for many generations to come. and initiative, City Council unanimously signed onto A Community with Honorable Character program. Howard has made it public that he has no interest in running for higher oce. Due to his business successes, he is semi-retired and currently Maitlands FULL TIME Mayor. He is totally committed to Maitlands successful future. We ask you to join us in our support,Phil Bonus Linda J. Frosch, Esq. Dr. Mark Round Edmund Hampden A. Walter Temple, Jr. Martha Bryant Hall Michael Dabby Adam Barringer Chief Edward W Butch Doyle Allen Trovillion Len Schmidt Barbara omas Barry Kalmanson Bill Mahoney Renee Stein Charlan Rob Gebaide Bill Taulbee Bob Cantu, PE Sandy Bonus Bob Niemi Ivan Valdes Charles L Butch Charlan Christopher P Raleigh David Konkol Dick Batchelor Dr. Johnny Sandifer Barry Lundin Bette Lord Hillman Dr. Lewis Earl Elizabeth Bell Roland Hillier Skip Hillman Tom Burruss William Finfrock Elizabeth Schneider Peele Francesca Hillier Dale McDonald George Livingston Jean ornton Angela Brown County Comm. Ted Edwards Barbara Hampden Jere Pile Jim Panico Joel Swann John Bell IV Robert Miller, FAIA John Peele Kevin Acker Lee Acker Linda Zeitler Marc Auster Margaret Schellang Darryl Bloodworth David Earl Marianne Link Michael Heidrich Robin J. Weeks Roger Pickar William Garner POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER, CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF MAITLAND, NON-PARTISAN. ART | AA&HH leaders look forward to informational workshops with the city of Maitland to clear up any issues C ONTIINUED FROM frontFRONT pagePAGE archARCHIveVE PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK theTHE oOBserverSERVER TThe Maitland AArt Center on Packwood hosts arts classes, special events and weddings.

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Page 3 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer it, or at least thats what the city is negotiat ing. On Monday the City Commission voted 5-0 for staff to move forward with a request that the United States Postal Service prop erty at the northwest corner of Central Park not be put up for public bid. The Commis sion wants to be able to buy it before any one else does, giving the city a plot of land citys downtown park. I think youve got pretty much univer sal support for that, Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel said. When the mayor asked for a show of hands of residents in support of the decision, nearly all hands in the room went up. But exactly when and how the city would go about acquiring the property was anybodys guess. Though the strug gling USPS has been undergoing structural changes, nobody knows whether the New soon, Mayor Ken Bradley said. Commissioner Steven Leary suggested it could take as long as 15 years before the city ever had a chance to buy the property and turn it into expanded parkland. Commissioner Carolyn Cooper suggest ed that the city try to get an accurate ap for negotiation purposes. Itd be nice if we had an idea of what the property value is, Cooper said. But Bradley was quick to suggest that he didnt want the city to have to pay much, if any money for the property, implying that space, it could be transferred to the city for a nominal fee. I certainly hope the property value for them is valued at a dollar, Bradley said. The property will already be stuck with a zoning change to parkland that the city enacted two years ago, Bradley said, mak ing converting it into a park the obvious choice. going to be a park, Bradley said, adding that hed already been negotiating at the the sale of the property. We've been in favor of this for years, federal authorities on this. At the appropri ate time and place the city of Winter Park will acquire that property. Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Our Town(407) 366-8696 Fax (407) 359-2118 P.O. Box 4548 Winter Park, FL 32793Insertions in editions and months as shown:____Waterford Lakes ____College Park/Orlando ____Winter Park/Maitland ____Sweetwater/Heathrow ____Tuscawilla/Winter Springs ____Oviedo ____Baldwin Park/E. Winter ParkPlease initial your agreement with the following:____ I approve this ad to appear in Our Town as shown here OR ____ I approve this ad with minor changes as clearly marked (How many changes are marked? _____) ____ Phone number and address are correct I understand that payment for this ad is due per initial agreement.Signed ____________________________________We appreciate your prompt response, as our deadline is approaching.*Colors represented on this proof may not be an exact match of the colors produced when printed on our offset press.X OCT 2009 407-644-7760 AS MAYOR, NANCY MILES WILL SUPPORT WINTER PARK VALUESPromote Business Growth and Jobs in Winter Park Restore transparency to City Hall Bring back open, respectful leadershipVOTE JANUARY 31 FOR NANCY MILES VOTE JANUARY 31 FOR NANCY MILES VOTE YOUR VALUES -MAKE NANCY MILES YOUR NEXT MAYORVOTE NANCY MILES ON JANUARY 31.NancyForWinterPark.comNancyForWinterPark@gmail.com"Political advertisement paid for and approved by the Nancy Miles for Mayor campaign." archARCHIveVE PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK oOBserverSERVER staffSTAFF TThe United States Post OOfce on NNew YY ork AA venue in Winter Park would be torn down to make way for a park. Winter Park wrangles Post OOfce property Mayor Ken BBradley says the land will either be a post ofce or a park, thanks to an automatic zoning change IsISAAcC BAbcBCOckCK Observer Staff

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Page 4 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer USPS 00-6186 ISSN 1064-36131500 Park Center Drive OOrlando, FL 32835-5705 Member of: Goldenrod Chamber of CommercePublisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Winter Park / Maitland Observer 2012Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munsterwww.wpmobserver.com | Phone: 407-563-7000 | Fax: 407-563-7099 | editor@observernewspapers.com P.OO Box 2426 Winter Park, FL 32790 Published TThursday, Jan. 26, 2012 CONTAONTACTTS Volume 24, IIssue NNumber 4 PUBBLIISHER Kyle TT aylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com managMANAGIngNG EDIITOR Jenny AAndreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DESIIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com REPORTERS Jenny AAndreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com IIsaac Babcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com LegalsEGALS | ClassLASSIfFIedsEDS AAshley McBride legal@FLAlegals.com classieds@observernewspapers.com COPYY EDIITORS IIsaac Babcock isaacb@observernewspapers.com Sarah Wilson COLUMNIISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis RRoney LRoney@c.rr.com Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com ADVERTIISIING SALES ManagerANAGER TT racy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com suSUBscrSCRIptPTIonsONS | cCIrculatRCULATIonON AAmanda RRayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com InternNTERN AAndy Ceballos Business Briefs Community Bulletin IInterview audio CMF Public Media recently inter viewed Ken B Bradley and Nancy Miles. Listen to the interview at cmfmedia.org/2012/01/winterpark-mayoral-election/ IInterlachen on NNational RRegister The I Interlachen Avenue Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on Nov. 30. This district now joins the Winter Park Downtown Historic District, which was listed in the National Register on May 3. The historic period of signicance runs from 1882 through 1964, for which the district was deemed signicant in the ar eas of architecture and community planning.Student honors Christopher B Berube of Winter Park is a January graduate of Lycoming College. B Berube graduated with a BBachelor of Arts degree in account ing and business.Display your artThe Winter Park Public Library is now taking applications for artists who would like to exhibit their work as part of its continuing Community Room revolving art display during 2012 or the rst half of 2013. Art ists work will be displayed in the Librarys Community Room for onemonth periods. All interested artists should send an artist statement/bi ographical sketch accompanied by four to six digital images represen tative of the work to be displayed to mgcoffee@wppl.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 13.Volunteer for literacyThe Foundation for Orange County Public Schools is asking the community to consider volunteering for one hour a week during the school year, in order to improve literacy in children though the Read2Succeed program. Go to www.foundationforocps.org to register as a mentor today. HHelp build wheelchair ramps The Center for I Independent Living (CIIL) is in need of donations and volunteers for RAMPAGE, an an nual, one-day event on Wednesday, Feb. 25, where volunteers will build wheelchair ramps. To donate, or for more information, please contact Lindsey Koeneman at 407-6231070 ex. 127 or LKoeneman@cilorlando.orgVolunteer for Build WeekHabitat for Humanity of Greater Or lando Area has launched its fund raising effort for National Women BBuild Week, a volunteer-driven event designed to empower women to take action against povertylevel housing conditions. Habitat Orlando needs more fundraising teams to meet its goal of raising $100,000 the cost to sponsor one Habitat home. Women B Build Week runs from May 7 to 12 and will take place at the nonprots rst multi family community, Stag Horn Villas. To learn more visit www.habitatorlando.org/Women-BBuild Learning grant awardedThe Early Learning Coalition of Orange County was recently the recipient of The Orlando Magic YY outh Fund, a McCormick Founda tion Fund grant totaling $50,000. The award was publicly presented Wednesday, Jan. 18, during the Magic vs. Spurs game. The grant will provide 80 hours of CDA spe cic training to support infant/tod dler teachers, provide scholarships to pay the cost of the nal assessment fee, and provide incentives for the participating infant-toddler teachers. January marks Fannie H Hillman and A Asso ciates 31st anniversary, and for the sixth time in the past seven years (2005-2011), the company has been named the B B est Residential Real Estate Ofce in Central Florida for 2011 by the readers of Orlando BBusiness Journal. Located at 205 W. Fair banks Ave., Fannie Hillman and Associates can be reached by calling 407-644-1234 or by visiting FannieHillman.com OOne Senior Place O Orlando opens Wednesday, Feb. 1. Two dozen senior and health care-related businesses will eventually have a presence at the newly remodeled facility at 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs. For more information, visit OneSe niorPlace.com Dozens of Central Florida children had a brighter holiday as recipients of the nearly 100 toys including bicycles, games and plush animals collected by the HHollerClassic organization for TT oys for TT ots. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Orlandos B Baldwin Park, appointed four pro fessionals to its design and project teams: Christian Paulo was appointed a CAD tech nician. Jose Diaz, E.I I ., was named senior mechanical designer. Lee Murrah was appointed project coordinator. Jaison Moras was appointed electrical project manager. BankFIRIRSTT of Winter Park completed the acquisition of the Ormond B B each-based East Coast Community B Bank. For more information on B BankFIIRST, visit bankrst. com Mercantile Capital Corporation reported it had a record-breaking year in 2011. The eight-year-old rm closed 57 commercial loans in 15 states in 2011 to nance commercial real estate projects valued at more than $174.4 million, a 24 percent increase over 2010. The city of Apopka and the University of Central Floridas Business I I ncubation Program anticipate opening an incubator site in downtown Apopka before April 1. James Jim R Rickard, CPA, has been ad mitted as a principal with Averett Warmus Durkee Osburn Henning. Emerson I International I Inc. recently ne gotiated six commercial lease agreements that total more than 10,300 square feet of ofce space. Maxine Carr ED. D., P.A. leased 493 square feet at 1177 Louisiana Ave. at Louisiana Ofce Park in Winter Park. Poetry contest winners announcedA committee of ve English teachers at Win ter Park High School selected the winners of the Twitter Poetry Contest held by the Student BBranch of the English-Speaking Union. Glenn An derson is the faculty advisor. HHave you seen this bell? BBetween Jan. 5 and Jan. 8, this church bell was taken from Warner Chapel, located at 753 W. Comstock Ave. in Winter Park. The cop per church bell is 100 years old and has been on display at the chapel since 2000. Any one with information regarding the location of the bell, or informa tion on the theft of the bell, please contact the Winter Park Police Department at 407-6441313. On May 24, 2010, Stephanie Edwards left her home with the intention of re turning a short time later. Edwards visited a friend in the area of Lyman and Virginia avenues and left to return home on foot a short time later. Ms. Edwards has not been seen since. I In an effort to obtain information that results in the recovery of Stephanie Edwards, the Winter Park Police Department, in cooperation with Crimeline, is increasing the reward for information in this case to $10,000. Anyone with in formation about this case should contact Crimeline at 1-800-423TIIPS(8477) or Detective Jeff Harris at 407-599 3393. Y Y ou may be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.Missing person reward increased

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Page 5 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer $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 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Ken Bradley, Non-Partisan Candidate for Mayor of Winter Park. VOTE THIS TUESDAY. JAN UA RY 31. BRADLEY FACTSY OU NEED T O K N OW vVOTeE | OOrange County, Maitland voters will consider referendums that would OOK tax credits for businesses C ONTIINUED FROM frontFRONT pagePAGE OOn Monday night, three days into the eight-day early voting period, 808 voters had cast ballots at the Winter Park Library, with more than 5,000 OOrange County residents opting to vote early at the 10 centers across the county. Early voting continues in OOrange County through Saturday, Jan. 28; Election Day is TT uesday, Jan. 31. TT en centers are available to eligible voters including the Winter Park Library, 460 E. NNew England AA ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day). Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com Learn more HHoward Schieferdecker were to reunify the City Council and streamline our permitting process. With those accomplished, my pres ent and future priorities are to complete the revision of our Land Development Code and promote quality economic de velopment with the emphasis on our new downtown. This in turn will bring jobs and hold our homeowner taxes down by expanding our tax base.Maitland RReferendums Orange County and Maitland have economic incentive referendums on the ballot. Vot ing yes would allow the county and the city to offer tax credits to businesses that relocate or expand there. In Maitland, the incentives program would allow City Council to give businesses, on a case-by-case basis, as much as a 100 percent tax exemption for as many as 10 years. The measure needs 50 percent of the vote to pass. Visit tinyurl.com/MaitlandRef FAQs for more information.Doug KinsonVote for Doug because nancial base by reducing expenses and leveraging revenues, I will bring re sponsible development to Maitland by taking into consideration its impacts on our community, and I will plan appropriately to bring walkable, pedestrianfriendly development to our downtown, similar to Park Avenue. John YY anchunis If elected, I plan on focusing on revitalizing Maitlands downtown, this spans from the silent train initiative to the destruction of dilapidated buildings into positive contributions to the com munity. But why should you vote for me? I promise to listen to every citi zen and not ignore the problems of the people like some of the past mayors have. Fiction Creative got money through a Winter Park program to spruce up its facade in 2009. Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to NNewsletter"

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Page 6 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Animals being abandoned and turned into local shelters continue to be at an all-time high due to current economic conditions and this event seeks to increase awareness and promote adoption of homeless pets. groups with many dogs and cats available for adoption. Over 40 petrelated service companies and manufacturers will be onsite offering information and education about their goods and services. Kids zone and playground area, live musical entertainment and food truck court. Parking is available at the Civic Center and neighboring marked parking lots only. We appreciate your cooperation on the parking and we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday the 28th of January at Please remember...'Opt to Adopt'. The goal of RescueFest is to raise both awareness and funds for many of Central Florida's pet rescue organizations. $5 offANY BAG of Natures Variety raw food, dry food or treatsWhile supplies last. Must be presented at time of purchase. With Select coupon. One coupon per visit, per customer. Cannot be combined. Exp. 02/29/12 FREE Bagof Natures Variety Instinct with any rescued dog or cat from Rescue Fest on Jan. 28 at Lake LilyBag is 4.5 pounds. With Select coupon. One coupon per visit, per customer. Cannot be combined. Exp. 02/29/12 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. 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. 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. 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. Hounds & KittiesPet Health Food Marketwww.houndsnkitties.comWhere healthy is affordable Featuring407-637-2919144 Lake Ave. in Maitland Corner of 17-92 & Lake Ave. in Village Plaza 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. 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. Pookie's will host its fourth annual Visit our site PookiesRescueFest.com For more information 321.287.0390 RescueFest 2012 is moving to a larger location. We have outgrown capacity at our back lot location at Pookie's. We are excited to announce that this year's event will be held in the park at Lake Lily and the adjoining Maitland Civic Center in Maitland.

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Page 7 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thousands of fans mobbed the court, lifted A.J. Rompza into the air, and roared the name UCF over and over again Jan. 18. The Knights time in school history, and three days later, The Memphis win was described as one of the most important wins in team history, dancing with players at half court. "It was unreal," forward Keith Clanton said. "Everybody was out there having fun." Seconds earlier the Knights' scrappy team attempt by Memphis as the score stood 68-67 with the Knights narrowly ahead. And as he ing with cheers. But there was plenty of heroics to go shocking upset of the Tigers. Down 63-64, junior Marcus Jordan raced into the paint to the Knights back on top. Down again after a 3-pointer by the Tigers, Keith Clanton leapt up for a layup while being fouled mercilessly by the Tigers to tie the game. Clanton had only hit half his free throws all night, but on the ensuing foul shot, he sank what would be the winning basket with just four seconds left. And as the clock ran out and Knights fans leapt onto the court to dance with their team, the Knights celebrated a victory that had been long in coming. In nearly a dozen meetings on the court, the Knights had never beaten the Tigers. "We knew what it meant to the school," Jor dan said. Clanton and Jordan would lead the Knights in scoring. Clanton had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 2 steals on the night. Jordan added 20 points and 2 assists. The Knights needed everything they had to stave off a late comeback by Memphis (126, 3-1), which was down by as much as 13 points as the Knights pulled away early in the second half. But after a string of shots by the Tigers, they came within 2 points with 11 minutes left. After that, it was a struggle for the Knights to stay ahead. But in the end, the Knights gritted out one of the most memorable wins in team history. "We've beaten some good teams," Jordan said. "We're just going to try and continue to win every game we play." Three days later, they did just that, holding off UAB in a hard-fought battle that ended 4841. That low-scoring affair was nearly a highwater mark for UCF defense, which held the Blazers to the third lowest score by an oppo nent in team history. The streaking Knights (15-4, 5-1) were in the national spotlight Wednesday at press time, playing Tulsa on national television. Theyll continue their C-USA play with a re turn home to host Southern Miss at 7 p.m. Saturday. City National Bank E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heating Flooring by DeLoreto Interiors Friends of Casa Feliz, Inc. Gomez Construction Company Hannibal Square Heritage Center iCraveCatering.com Luxury Trips Midtown Title Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine Owens Realty Network ,LLC Peterbrooke Chocolatier Piazza Italia on Park Avenue Post Lake at Baldwin Park Sara Brady Public Relations Weston Diagnostics BETA Center A. Anthony Giovanoli, P.A. Central Florida Lifestyle Publications Citizens Bank of Florida Saundra Hester Luma on Park Mailtropolis, LLC Mystic Granite & Marble Orlando VA Medical Center Ruggiero, Martinez & Norton, P.A. Synergy Tugboat and The Bird U.S. Postal Service Whittington Properties Aloma Title Company 310 Park South Sutton Homes Alzheimer ALF Vanson Constructors Burns Appraisal, Inc. Pannullo's Italian Restaurant Winter Park Historical Association & Museum Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Brandywine Square First United Methodist Church Visit Orlando American Cancer Society Lykes Insurance, Inc. Park Plaza Gardens Creald School of Art Clanton, Floyd & Nestor CPA Firm Park Plaza Hotel Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. Murrah, Doyle and Wigle, P.A. Scenic Boat Tour Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A. Massey Services, Inc. Denotes Park Avenue Area Association membership ECONOMIC UPDATE BREAKFAST The Wildcats looked to be turning a corner when they trounced Ocoee in their only blowout win this season on Jan. 19. But the muted joy of that night under the glow of a scoreboard reading 65-47 didnt last long; not as long as the losing streaks that preceded or followed that very big W. Winter Park returned to the court against district rival University for the third time the next day, and lost for the third time this season to the Cougars, this time 61-55. And with a 56-51 loss to East River on Monday, they became the only team in Class 8A District 5 that hasnt beaten anybody in the district. For the perennially dramatic Wild cats, their 5-16 season so far has been excruciating by numbers alone. Despite their seemingly wildly lopsided record, those games have only been separated by an average of four points. Of the been two shots away from a win. They faced an almost undefeated Lake Brantley (17-3, 9-1) Wednesday night at press time, and will hit the road for their next two games. At 7:30 p.m. Friday theyll travel to face Apopka Tuesday theyll be at Olympia (12-6, 5-0), tipping off at 7:30 p.m. EdgewaterThe Eagles felt something unusual for them on Jan. 19: defeat. Edgewater (14-6, 7-0) had just beaten Pine Ridge 57-51 to maintain an undefeated district record before they faced Apopka. Against the Blue Darters, the Eagles were seemingly a different team, allowing Apopka to spread the ball around with four players in double digits in scoring, and allowing the ball to be stolen 10 times in the game while giving up an additional 13 turnovers. left to end the season. They played two back-to-back games at press time, including their last district match up off starting with a home game against a struggling Merritt Island Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday. The next night at 7:30 p.m. theyll face a tough Dr. Phillips team (16-5, 3-0) thats coming off two recent home games against Georgia teams. PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK theTHE oOBserverSERVER Marcus Jordan helped the Knights to a shocker upset of Memphis, their rst win against the Tigers in team history.Cats, Eagles stumble IsISAAcC BAbcBCOckCK Observer Staff PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK theTHE oOBserverSERVER Winter Park trounced Ocoee on Jan. 19, thanks to tough defense that stied the Knights. Two historic wins IsISAAcC BAbcBCOckCK Observer Staff

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Page 8 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Some of the most productive plants I grow in my garden could be categorized as Asian greens. The simple abundance of harvesting the early leaf and stem portions of these vegetables provide a quick and nutritious harvest with minimal maintenance. As we grow into our lucrative spring season, take advantage of some of the easiest crops to produce on Earth. Most Asian greens must be started from seeds instead of off-the-shelf transplants. Locating the seeds is a low hurdle to choosing many of these exotic plants. (I havent had much luck at nursery center seed racks.) An Internet search of seed catalogs will provide numerous options. Since purchasing seeds offers an incredible economy of scale over buying transplants, dont skimp on trying a spectrum of varieties. Starting the seeds requires a balanced mix of quality potting soil, clean containers, moisture, warmth and sunlight. Most Asian greens germinate in just a few days, so be prepared to deliver the new sprouts to full sun. Left in limited light, lanky, weak seedlings are prone to stem disease and damage. Provide fresh air and ventilation as a warm sunny day could lead to overheating. In three to four weeks most of these seedlings will be ready to grow in the great expanse of the garden. Available soil fertility, moisture, pest controls, sunlight and space provided in almost any garden configuration is usually adequate. A 3-gallon landscape pot filled with welldrained potting mix supplies ample space for six transplants. A 4-foot square bed using grid pattern spacing produces dozens of heads. As the crop starts to mature, pick crowded thinning greens for those gourmet baby vegetables that are so expensive in the grocery store. Most Asian greens are in the Brassica family of plants, similar to radish or cabbage. I repeated ly plant Pac choi, a smaller variety of Bok choi. Another favorite is Mizuna, which produces a large quantity of fine, mildflavored green or purple fernlike foliage. For edible flowers, try Hon Tsai Tai. Tatsoi is spoon shaped, quick to mature, but has a strong mustard flavor. Other names to mess with your spellchecker are Shungiku, Bekana, Komatsuna, Vit or Michilli. Gather individual leaves and stems or harvest the whole head by cutting at ground level. Promptly rinse to avoid wilting. I graze fresh from my garden, taste testing to compare and contrast many of these unique flavors. The vitamin, fiber and mineral components of Asian greens are easily off the charts. Ill leave it to you to research the myriad recipe and menu possibilities of one of the worlds most popular crops.Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM Untitled LIVE ART AUCTIONCORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUMOn the campus of Rollins CollegeFriday, January 27, 2012Preview: 7:30 p.m. Auction: 8:00 p.m. Preview Online: CFAM.ROLLINS.EDUProperty from the collection of Winifred Clive Johnson to bene t the Cornell Fine Arts Museum CFAM-WPMag (12-3-11).indd 1 12/2/11 11:00 AM 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 Asian greens easy to growTom Carey From my garden to yours PhotoHOTO BY IsSAAcC bBAbcBCOckCK theTHE oOBserverSERVER TThe Camellia Society of Central Florida hosted the 66th Annual Camellia Show and Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mead B Botanical Garden in Winter Park. Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, the CSCF show and festival is Floridas largest camellia show. Camellias in bloom

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Page 9 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Many of our Maitland citizens are excited about the prospects of having a new high-quality, pe destrian-friendly downtown and are asking me where we are in the process of developing one. Since I last year, our downtown has been one of my top priorities. Before we could move forward, however, the following had or is in the pro cess of happening: Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council, we stream lined our Development Permit Application Process making our city more inviting for develop process has been showcased as a prototype for other cities and counties. solidating the multiple zoning mixed-use development. This al of our Land Development Code (LDC) paving the way for the long-awaited completion of the Downtown Maitland Zoning Dis trict (DMZD) Design Standards. This critical Framework will en sure we can have a high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown. The DMZD Design Standards or affectionately known as the Pat tern Book will be completed by the end of February. Let me clarify what will constitute our downtown. The dream/ideal area for our high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown is the area bounded by 17-92 to the east, Maitland Avenue to the west, George Avenue to the north and Lake Lily to the south. Over time, hopefully, this entire area will become our downtown. However, at the present time due to economic constraints, the only portion of that area that is feasible for redevelopment is from George Avenue south to Packwood Avenue. This area is comprised mostly of vacant land, buildings scheduled to be torn down, and/ or dilapidated vacant buildings. It is the area that we need to focus on now. Lets call this Phase One. Phase One would consist of a two-block area beginning along Independence Lane from Packwood Avenue north to Horatio Avenue and then continue north by extending Independence Lane to George Avenue. The composition of Phase One would be small shops, specialty boutiques, and restaurants on The existing historic Central Park, with the beautiful old oak trees, that is located adjacent to the north of the new City Hall would be preserved and enhanced. There would be on-street parking and pedestrian-friendly activity ar eas and walkways. The pleasant environment would be similar Hannibal Square, but would have Maitlands own unique identity. land values and construction costs have decreased substantially. By moving forward with redevelop ment now, it will be much less costly and, therefore, require less opportunity to achieve the down town scale and ambiance that we hoped for. Im happy to share we have been talking with potential developers about the goals of our city for the creation of our new down town. Proposed new develop ment will nicely complement and and city hall that are presently being built on Packwood Avenue and Independence Lane. At the end of February, with our LDC and DMZD Design Stan cially be open for the redevelopment of our new downtown. Due to the present economic condi tions, if we dont take advantage of it now, we may lose this win dow of opportunity. development background, I am looking forward to guiding and protecting the city throughout the redevelopment process. In the years to come, I am looking forward to seeing you and your families enjoying a great dining experience or shopping at a quaint boutique in our new high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Maitland has waited too long; it is time to make our new down town a reality.City Council Meeting Jan. 23The Maitland City Council met Hall Council Chambers. To listen to a recording of the meeting, visit www.itsmymaitland.com. The next regular scheduled Council Jan. 23 City Commission meeting highlightsThere was a City Commission low are a few highlights of deci sions made at the meeting.Mayors reportThe Employee of the Quarter award was presented to Mark Brown, electric utility specialist. The board appointments to the were approved. The citys 125th Anniversary Task Force was approved. announced. Tunis was awarded the Designers Choice Award and Bella was awarded the Peoples Choice Award. Congratulations on helping make our downtown more festive during the holiday season!City Managers ReportThe proposed East Hannibal Square on-street dining request was approved to continue going through the special event process prior to being presented to the Commission for consideration.City Attorneys ReportThe settlement agreement pro posed by Sydgan in the case of Sydgan Corp. versus the city of Consent Agenda proved. The various purchases and contracts were approved (for a complete listing of this agenda item, please visit www.cityofwin terpark.org > Government > City Commission > Agenda.) Enhancement Matching Grant re quests for the following neighbor hoods were approved: Chateaux du Lac Hannibal Square Community ciation Park Green Community Association Association The expenditures of State Law Enforcement Forfeiture Funds Drivers (MADD) for the 4th annual Chief Challenge fundraiser; tion Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to aid in reducing the scope of prescription drug abuse and diversion in Florida. The request to waive fees in Central Park for the Michael An drews/Swingerhead concert was approved.Action Items Requiring DiscussionThe city manager, Commissioner Cooper and city attorney were approved to proceed with proposing an agreement to the Public HearingsThe following decisions were Properties, LLC: The second reading of the or dinance amending the comprehensive plan future land use map so as to change the future land use designation of Single-family ement to add an exception to the encroachment of non-residential land use was approved. The second reading of the ordi ing map so as to change the exist ing zoning designation of Single Family Residential (R-1A) District Dallas Avenue was approved. The resolution setting forth the citys intent to use the uniform ad valorem assessment for properties Avenue to fund the installation of cilities was approved. The request of Rollins College for Conditional Use approval to demolish and rebuild Strong Hall located adjacent to the corner of zoned PQP, was approved. The request of Perth Lane Prop erties, LLC, for Conditional Use approval to build a new two-story The following requests of Den ning Partners, Ltd., for the prop were tabled to the Monday, Feb. First reading of the ordinance changing the designation of Sin gle Family Residential to High Density Residential. First reading of the ordinance changing the designation of Sin gle Family Residential (R-1A) to Multi-Family (High Density R-4).. Redevelopment Agency, Ltd., for Conditional Use approval to con ly approved restaurant pavilion Ave., zoned C-2, was approved. Commission minutes will be avail at www.cityofwinterpark.org the by the City Commission.Early Voting Avenue will host early voting for Orange County residents in the Sample ballots that indicate their voting precinct have been mailed to registered voters. If you are still unsure of your precinct, please contact the City Clerks through Friday, from 8 a .m. until 5 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Elec tion Day to determine your vot ing precinct. Please make sure to bring your sample ballot to the precinct to help expedite the vot ing process. Election information can be found on the citys website www. cityofwinterpark.org by clicking the Election button on the home page. In addition, more information about voting requirements and other general election matters, residents should call the Orange County Supervisor of elections at at www.ocfelections.comCity Blood Drive Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Please donate blood! Thank you for doing your part to help Florida Blood Centers. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to preciate your lifesaving efforts. To donate blood, you must be at least and be in good health. All donors must bring photo ID. Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Maitland City Talk bBY HOWard ARD SchieCHIEFerdecERDECKerER MAYOR Update on the downtown Winter Park City Talk bBY RaANdD Y KKNiIGhHT CITY MANAGER www.gulfstatescu.org 407-831-8844A Refreshing Alternative to Conventional Banking.9405 S. Highway 17-92 Maitland, FL 32751 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 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 NNewsletter"

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Page 10 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer JANN. 26 Early voting continues in Orange County through Saturday, Jan. 28; Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Ten centers are available to eligible voters including the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com JANN. 27 The SunRail groundbreaking cer emony is 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the corner of State Road 436 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. For details call 407-487-4035 or email rsvp@ sunrail.com The C-SPANN Campaign 2012 Bus stops at the Rollins College Student Union from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on its Road to the White House tour. The Winter Park Chamber of Com merce will host a Membership Awards Celebration at 6 p.m. on Fri day, Jan. 27, at 141 University Park Drive in Winter Park. Visit WinterPark. org for details. Laughter Y Y oga a gentle aerobic ex ercise that blends laughter with yo ga-style breathing, is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 3377 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407671-4300. JANN. 28 The NNational K Kidney F Foundation of F Florida will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Winter Park Community Center. KKeith Sweat will perform live on the Performance Stage in Eatonville, at the Robert Hungerford High School Athletic eld at the ZORA! Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Visit zorafestival.com for details. JANN. 29 The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents Manhattan Brass at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Tiedt ke Concert Hall. Tickets cost $30 to $40. Visit BachFestivalFlorida.org for details. The Florida Opera Theatre presents Rossinis TThe Barber of Seville at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Valen cia Community College East Campus Performing Arts Center. Call 407872-2382 or visit RedChairProject. tix.com The Peachy K Keen Porcelain Art Show is Sunday, Jan. 29, through Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Bahia Shrine Center at 2300 Pembrook Drive in Orlando. Admission cost is $3. Visit www.wocp.com The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be host ing a reception for the opening of their new exhibit BESA: A Code of Honor. It will be at the Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. FFEB. 1 United Arts kicks off its annual fund raising campaign with ArtsFF est happening Feb. 1-29. Attendance is free, and some Tickets Are Limited events have limited seating and ca pacity. Visit ArtsFestFL.com The Winter Park Institute presents Pat Methenys Career Retrospective at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Rollins College at the Keene Concert Hall. An Evening with Pat Metheny: Music and Dialogue will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Attendance is free. Visit www. rollins.edu/wpi The University Club of Winter Park will host TT rivia 4 U on Feb. 1 and 15 at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, but do nations are accepted. Call 407-6446149 or visit www.universityclubwin terpark.org FFEB. 2 Five writers from across the U.S. will take part in this years WWinter W With the W Writers, A Festival of the Liter ary Arts. The event is free and will be at Rollins Bush Auditorium on four consecutive Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 2. Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Carl Hiaasen will speak on Thursday, Feb. 2. Visit www.rol lins.edu/winterwiththewriters Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations JANUARY WHITE SALE Calendar ZOORA! FF estival in Eatonville Eatonville will host the ZORA! Festival from Friday, Jan. 27, through Sun day, Jan. 29. It is an amalgam of arts education, visual arts and performing arts. Visit zorafestival.com Shipyard turns 1 Come down to Shipyard Brew Pub on Saturday, Jan. 28, and help celebrate their one-year an niversary. There will be 50 percent off food and drinks, live outdoor music, a beer garden and more. Visit tinyurl.com/Shipyard-BrewPub for details. Arbitrage at the Enzian TTheater Dont miss a special Sundance Film Festival USA screening of Arbitrage at the Enzian Theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Actress Brit Marling (below) will conduct a live Q&A with the audience. This event is sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets may be available on the day of event at 5 p.m. Visit Enzian.org

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Page 11 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles hard silently watched from the police station lobby as the ceremo ny for the new police station came His station on Independence Avenue and the former police stavember day, he told the Observer that he couldnt wait to dedicate a new facility of his own. two years and two months later, and more than a decade after the He worked hard and waited a long time, and this is his moment, Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferedecker said, motioning dium at the dedication ceremony for the new Maitland Fire Station Packwood and Maitland avenues. The hundreds of residents and new stations roomy engine bay rose from their chairs and cheered It is with a great deal of pride that I usher in the future of public safety to the residents, of blood, sweat and tears put into making this a reality but its all been worth it. This is the cor nerstone of our new downtown. hard said, adding that some folks Schieferedecker agreed. This is the foundation on which to build Maitlands future, he said. NNew home proudly guided attendees through a tour of the three-story station on individual dorm-style rooms in the old station, members slept in the same room on bunks and there are two locker rooms, one for men and one for women. The genders had to share before. Theres also an expansive kitchen complete with food pan tries and refrigerators for each of the three shifts. In the last sta tion, there had been a problem with shifts swiping each others laugh. That wont be happening anymore theres a lock on these cabinets. The dining room table, paint ed with a red and black stripe, is emblazoned with Maitland East Side Express. Theres a day room, complete with six puffy re cliners donated by the Friends of First Response Maitland and a workout room with universal gym equipment that was donated Theres a meeting room, an laundry room with shiny new practice rappelling off the back side of the building whenever they want. Its hard to compare, Fire can train, workout, study and re spond all from one location. How can you beat things like that? site in rented space. The tiny lobby holds a special ments members. A section of steel debris from the Twin Towers Center is encased in a memorial Response commissioned the lob the debris created by artist Dee Squartino. serve and use this station to its full potential and serve with pride, said.Dream to reality police station and the underway city hall, was funded through a citizens approved the borrowing project, however, had been on the The project was delivered on time and under budget, architect The city hall project, he said, should be completed within six months. Community Developbudget savings about 5 percent will be returned to the con struction fund. Chief never believed this could happen, Cunningham said, and if you could see the smile on his face right now. FFor the history books The Maitland Fire Depart as a volunteer department. In the 45 was built on Independence Lane along with the police station west side of the city. The depart ment received accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Exceltland residents, but there are typical business day because of all calls for service each year, Schief erdecker said. Today marks a new milemore importantly it is the date the city set the standard for things to come. 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. Take Action for Special PlacesPart of the nations oldest conservation organization, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is an urban environmental Center located in the heart of Maitland. The Center offers a variety of programs and learning opportunities for all age groups.Volunteer Day Events:Feb. 11, 2012. 9AM-12PM Birdhouse BonanzaBuild a birdhouse and learn about creating a wildlife-friendly habitat for your back yard or community.April 15, 2012. 2-5PMCelebrate Earth Day with a Lakeshore Clean up. Join us to clean up Lake Sybelia via foot and canoe. The above events are part of the TogetherGreen initiative. Events are free, you must register. Contact kwarner@audubon.org to register.Annual Baby Owl ShowerMay 12, 2012. 10AM-2PMBring the family to celebrate Mother's Day and spring.1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL Open: Tues-Sun. 10AM-4PM Facebook (check our events) 407-644-0190 PhotosHOTOS bBY isaacISAAC babcBABCOcCK theTHE observerOBSERVER Maitland reghters raise the American ag at the new Fire Station No. 45 during the dedication ceremony on Nov. 19. Below, Fire Chief Ken Neuhard talks about how the new station is the future of public safety. He had been waiting 12 years for that day.Building the citys futureThe new $3.8M facility on Packwood is the culmination of 12 years of planning JeENNY ANdreassDREASSON Observer Staff

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Page 12 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer FamilyCalendar It wasnt too likely theyd win Florida, let alone become the sec ond best tennis team in the nation. But the self-described motley sional coach or even much practice, and a team half the size of competitors and with some of the youngest in the tournament, they did it. Our guys played completely against the odds, Coach Brian Sephton said. area and one from Miami, beat the odds last October to snag second place at the United States Tennis and under intermediate category. across the nation, and were one held in Arizona after winning sec tionals in Daytona. WW ork alone, win together But it wasnt easy for the team. The Acers, while all friends and based in the same area, rarely practiced together. Most of their experience playing as a team and with Sephtons guidance was dur ing the three months of matches they played to win Florida. Any time the team was together, it was to win a game. On their own, though, the play ers worked to sharpen their tennis skills. All of them achieved this un der their own steam, Sephton said. Theyre out there on their own. One players mom said she Saffrans friends were having fun, he was on the court. All that discipline paid off, Pat Saffran said.Rough starts the chance at reaching the top felt like it would slip through their always pull forward, even during a three-hour singles game for their olich. It was a seesaw of emotions for The Acers. from us, Sephton said. And see them dig in and turn the game around and win. toughness and physical toughness, Cecilia Tong, 12, a Lee Mid dle School student said. FFriendship is essential For the Acers, though, reaching and being top four was good enough for them the highlight said he barely thought about the competition as he played with doubles partner Ben Sephton, both from Trinity Preparatory School. He only thought about what was happening on the court. Being best friends helps keep things in perspective, and brings some spe cial chemistry to their playing, they said. on the court. Thats what makes this team so special, they all said their friendships on and off the court. Instead of getting separate hotel rooms, the team and their parents all stayed in one big house. Al most like a tennis vacation. sential for a team, said Theressa Tong, 14, from Edgewater High School. Friendship is part of what turns them into a cohesive team, Sephton said. Theres forgiveness when a doubles partner makes a mis take and encouragement when they play well a key, they said. Theyre certainly not a serious bunch, and most of their favorite tennis memories involved the silliness behind the scenes, not the sweating on the court. Most on the team members have known each other for years, and Sephton has seen them grow as players and as friends to his son Ben. Its really a little bit like watch ing your own kids and friends playing, Sephton said. Theyd love to stay together but Theressa will be too old, so the teams future is unsure. They hope to keep as many players as they can, and move up from the intermediate to advanced compedone it once, the team knows what it takes to get there and is itching for another try. And why not, its their favorite thing to do in the whole world. I just love the sport, said Kaylan Rotman, 14, from Lake Highland Preparatory School. Id die if I didnt play tennis, Theressa said. BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGERWINTER PARK YMCA | 407.644.1509 PEGGY & PHILIP B. CROSBY YMCA | 407.644.3606 JOIN US AT THE Y COME PREVIEW OUR RENOVATED FACILITIES FFor more information about the United States TT ennis Association, visit www.usta.com Learn more PhotoHOTO bBY briBRITTNiI jJOhHNsSON theTHE observerOBSERVER Cecilia TT ong, KKaylan Rotman, Ben Sephton, NNat Saffran and TTheressa TT ong pose with their USTA trophy and banner in Winter Park. TT ennis aces win against the odds Tennis team beats out 8,000 other teams to place second in the national championships BriRITTNiI JOhHNsSON Observer Staff Through Wednesday, Feb. 1, cus tomers can visit www.chick-laforbreakfast.com to reserve one free Chick-l-A breakfast en tre to be redeemed on Feb. 2. TThe Best F Friends Pet Care T T reat TT ruck for Dogs is coming to Win ter Park with free ice cream and cookies for canines. The schedule includes visits to Baldwin and Blue Jacket parks on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 1. For a detailed schedule, visit www. bestfriendspetcare.com/treattruck-tour/ Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie and popcorn on the lawn, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, as Orangewood Church and School in Maitland present Kung Fu Panda 2. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. The event is held at Orangewood Field, located at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. Visit www.orangewoodmovienight.com TThe Childrens Art & History FF estival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A&Hs Maitland Art Center, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Meet Mr. Waterhouse, a one-man play that takes you back through time to learn about the life of William Waterhouse, is 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in front of the Waterhouse Residence Museum, located at 820 Lake Lily Drive. Both events are part of Arts Fest. Visit Arts FestFl.com and artandhistory.org for ticket information. Hosted by Maitland Community Preschool at Orangewood Presby terian Church, TT ouch-A-TT ruck is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur day, Feb. 11, at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. in Maitland. Admission is $5 (Family max. $20). Visit www.or angewood.org/touchatruck Maitland Public Library events: Reading Buddies, a reading en hancement program with fun ac tivities for K-2 graders, will hap pen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. LCC Finance will hold a presentation titled What you need to know about Social Security at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. LCC will hold a Social Net working Lab at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. LCC Finance will hold a presentation titled What you need to know about Social Security, part 2 at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. LCC will have a presentation titled How to Create Poetry, part 2 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. PC Academy will happen at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. LCC Nutrition: Food Choices for Vegetarian, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. LCC Social Networking Lab will be happening at 2 p.m. on Tues day, Jan. 31. Call 407-647-7700 to register.Send submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 14 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer OOpinions Should businesses get a pass on their taxes to set up shop in nomic incentives will help or hurt in the long run. will make the county and the city more attractive to businesses that want even more of an excuse to set up shop. And in Orange Countys case, it gives job seekers at least those seeking a living wage something to cheer for. The stipulations behind Or ange Countys proposal are much optimistic for the countys future employees. It would give property tax breaks to businesses that cases at least 25 above-average wage full-time jobs. Maitlands proposal has no nesses create good-paying jobs. seek out aerospace, information technology and other high-tech businesses that would hire at middle-class wages or better, jobs created in Maitland could be as low paying as a part-time entrylevel scooper at a frozen yogurt shop. That seems an odd over sight on Maitlands part consider Orange County about the terms of its incentive program. But what Maitland has in its pocket is a willingness to offer incentives to businesses that simply move into empty storefronts, thereby improving the look and economic vitality of the citys downtown area. The implication of the citys broader incentive plan: no business will be too big or too small to be considered. desperately seeking new growth. Orange County would only give breaks to businesses that cre ate new buildings, making it a tougher sell for young businesses that are strapped for startup cash. For those looking at the broader view of how such a plan would work in a depressed economy, the Orange County plan again looks better. Theres no guarantee that local customers would be knocking down the door of the hypothetical frozen yogurt shop simply because it opened its doors down the street. In our dragging economic downturn, people have just as little extra cash as they had the store opens doesnt mean nearby residents can suddenly afford to shop there. But Orange County would incentivize businesses that make from sales outside of Florida. Thats money that otherwise would have stayed outside the state, but would now be pulled into the local economy. Maitlands plan, absent more rather than being pulled in from outside. is a blank slate on which to draft its economic future. It also puts a lot of trust in the hands of the City Council, which will have carte blanche to offer incentives to whatever business it pleases. That leaves the door wide tween Council members and their friends. That could only manifest itself if a Council member were powerful enough to convince enough of the Council to vote for may not suspect this Council of being so devious, a future Council could be. In Orange County, that sort of political hanky panky off. Does Maitland need more business to help keep its econneeds safeguards to make sure that new businesses in the area grow valuable jobs, not just any jobs, and to ensure future Coun cils dont make strange bedfellows with new businesses. Our Observation Citizen input belongs at regular meetings using the system of separate workshops and commission meetings advocated by Commissioner Carolyn Cooper. There is no reason why the Commission should have separate meetings to discuss issues All items can be discussed with citizens input at regular Commission meetings. larly scheduled workshops that I particiallowed. The purpose of these workshops was to discuss items that would show up on the Commission's agenda the next day. All this discussion can occur at regularly scheduled Commission meetings without sonable explanation from the mayor as to why there is no need for separate work shops. After all, being a commissioner or have other lives outside their duties as will not result in more citizen input, just more grandstanding and delays in making important decisions. Commissioner Coo per is well aware of this strategy.Peter K. Gottfried Former Winter Park commissioner Land swap pulls a fast one on WWinter Parks citizens referred to the Progress Point/State Of Ken Bradley pointedly referred to it as an exchange, as though adding a syllable it was in reality was a land grab, pulling a The Progress Point property is an oddly triangle-shaped piece of land bifur cated by, not just a mainline railroad track, but also a road, located at Orange Avenue, Denning Drive and Palmetto Avenue. For many years this property lan guished. Even the most creative developthis odd piece of land. Then, they got very creative and hit upon a solution; they could swap their boondoggle piece Building located on Morse Boulevard, the gateway to Park Avenue. The city's most valuable piece of land. Early appraisals, including the one by the Orange County Property Appraisers value of the two properties. That wouldn't do, so the developer got another appraisal. It was still like putting a size-12 woman into a size-2 dress. Therefore, at this point the representatives from both joined hands and walked to yet a third to just perform a Restricted Use Appraisal. This is an appraisal of opinion only, unpraiser's performance at the Commission meeting was dazzling. The mayor and Commissioners Steven Leary and Sarah Sprinkel nodded their heads in approval and smiled. Commissioner Leary then enthusiastically came up with the idea to abandon the road that runs through the Progress Point property, called Palmetto Progress Point value. Trouble is, nobody bothered telling the business owners on Palmetto that their access would be cut off. They came and objected at the Commission meeting and even Commissioner Sprinkel said, it appears we got the cart before the horse. Rather than take a breather and re-group, the Palmetto aban donment was struck from the deal and the mayor immediately called for the vote. It At no time did the mayor or his two commissioners consider the outrage of the citizens, who screamed foul. They then counted on the holidays to blunt our memories. and consequently my vote will be for and supports the value of citizen input.David Akins Winter ParkBuck the establishment, vote for NNewt GGingrich on Election Day Dont listen to the Republican estab Its the group of folks that picked Rich 1988 as a born-again conservative, they quickly convinced him to abandon his newfound philosophy for establishmentarianism, where one can worship at the altar of raising taxes for all manner of ills. So other than a quarter-century of opposing Ronald Reagan, the Republican establishment also gave us Bill Clinton in 1992. Familiarity breeds Ross Perot, as they say. In Florida, the GOP establishment con vinced Bob Martinez to push for a services tax, which turned him into a one-term lie Crist, the Mel Martinez/George Le Granted, the establishment also gave us George OLeary gave us Matt Prater, or the establishment wants you to vote for Mitt Romney. In a word, why? Romney cant even articulate why you should vote for Romney. Establishment derives from an old French word that means to cause to lishment has racked up a $15 trillion debt and laid America prostrate to Chinese the kind of problems that will be resolved by standing still. tion. Keynesianism, debt and cultural decay are the establishment. Hayek, free enterprise and American exceptionalism is the revolution. The bureaucracy that sur life-blood of this country, and it is permeated by establishment Republicans and among their ranks until recently, but at least he had the good sense to understand that Paris is well worth a Mass. Being in the wilderness for a few years will do that to you. disliked by the establishment, and there the result of his debate performances, big ideas and the voters. Romneys power is ing for their federal sinecures. Of all the candidates for president, including the President Obama represents the accel erated decline of America into a sclerotic and bankrupt social welfare state, despite the fact that Europes version of this is dying before our very eyes. Mitt Romneys tenure in Massachusetts illustrates that he will do nothing to reverse this, only manage the decline with a businessmans understands that decline is a choice. Take a look at your family and ask yourself this, which candidate is willing to yet, which candidate even understands what American exceptionalism is? Disregard the establishment, the press Bryan Stewart Winter ParkIncentive program is tax break roulette Maitlands program leaves the door wide open for conflicts of interest between Council members and their friends. My vote will be for Nancy Miles, who understands, respects and supports the value of citizen input. David Akins I heard a reasonable explanation from the mayor as to why there is no need for separate workshops. Peter K. Gottfried Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 15 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer of Florida encourages all citizens this year's three elections. The GOP Presidential Preference Pri To make sure voters are as informed as possible about the process, the League offers these voting tips: What happens on Election Day if my residential address is out-ofdate? one county to another, and who have not updated their address with their Supervisor of Elections, could be handed a provisional ballot at the polls under can change your address by simply calling your Supervisor of Elections before you get to the polls. I have heard that vote-by-mail ballots are not counted unless the election is close. Is that true? False! counted. By Florida law, supervisors can begin tabulating voteby-mail ballots 15 days before are not actually counted until after 7 p.m. on Election Day. Where do I vote if I have been forced out of my home due to fore closure? The law states that you must vote in the precinct where you foreclosure situation have several options: any voter can vote early at one of several designated early voting sites in their county. There are no assigned precincts for early voting. In addition, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot by calling your local supervisor. The most practical option is to contact your supervisor and update your residential address before Election Day so that is this by phone. Then go to your assigned precinct for your new address on Election Day. Update your voter status! The League encourages Florida voters to be ready for all three has made it easy. The League encourages voters to take action: update your voter record for address changes, name changes and updates to vote-by-mail ballot It's democracy made easy!Charley Williams is a Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of Florida and a Winter Park resident. Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Hes a clown, that Charlie Brown (Newt Gingrich?) Hes gonna get caught Just you wait and see (Whys everybody always pickin on me?) The Coasters eral media elite! stood goodol boys and their big-haired women. Confederate crackers through and through. Moon pies and moonshine. feel belittled, bedeviled and besieged. They get no respect for their tradition. Their way of life. Their religion. Or their men once died so slavery might endure. card during last weeks South Carolina Republican debate and the attending crowd poor besieged dears ate it up. They rose to their feet and hooted who do those media elite think they are? Condescending, intolerant bigots! Home of the Republican Party! Exactly! Home of the Republican Party. Lets It, the remnants of the Confederacy, years, the Souths black citizens were marginalized, exploited, terrorized and hung from trees like sides of beef. The Democrat Party, which ruled the South, willingly participated (led) in this violent injustice and resisted any attempts at desegregation. In 1948 Southern Democrats began exiting the party because of a civil rights platform plank adopted by the Democrat Party. The Dixiecrats were observed, Ive lost the South for the Democrats. In 1972, Republican President Richard The Southern Strategy. It was designed to aggressively win over disaffected Southern Democrats to the Republican Party. Disgruntled over giving civil rights (Horrors! Equal rights!) to blacks, fearful of lawlessness, and resentful of the per ceived government overreach, Southern and resurrected the holy banner of states rights. date Ronald Reagan traveled to Philadelreceiving the Republican nomination. There he gave his now famous States Republican presidential candidate playing the race card, pursuing the Southern Strategy, by characterizing President Obama as the Food stamp president, a not-so-veiled slam against black Ameridescribed Obama as displaying Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior. Heres a break down for you who are code ignorant: Kenyan = Africa = Black = Obama = UnSouthern dawg! So as our South Carolinian Republifeigned outrage at the elite media for having the temerity to ask him to comment on his second wifes assertion that nation of discrimination and bias. And all those put-upon southerners jumped from their seats and they may as well have All I can say is, know your history and check the histrionics.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.USHistory and histrionics Remembrance of a town past Park furnishes one an endless supply of memories. I remember lots of individual people among the snakes, frogs, turtles and alligators that shared the towns real estate and lakes with me. Fleet Peeples, my scoutmaster, Rollins aquatics professor and motorcycle daredevil, was a prominent actor on the A majority of the local citizenry in people whom most Florida kids rudely Little did I know then that I would go and see a lot of the wide world as a naval are both my daughters who live in Con necticut. My own favorite spot on Earth is in however, certain circumstances, as well Park, a town well suited for both kids and the elderly. In this town the lakes may not they once did. Also, although we all used shore, hardly anyone does this swimming these days, except in swimming pools. landscape, home to the denizens of a tropical forest, are now beautiful lakefront plants. were paved with loose brick, which allowed the torrential summer rainwater into the water table. For that reason, as I England, we heard, placed the enormous beautiful oaks that lined our downtown streets there. Rollins College and its colorful President Hamilton Holt were an unusual local phenomenon. Dr. Holt met me at the end of one of the long wooden docks that chided me by saying, So you are going to Harvard, eh? me a full scholarship. Shame. he said, I could have gotten But which is the greater university? I Dr. Holt had a prodigious collection of stamps, a section of which he once lent to President Franklin Roosevelt and reportedly never got back. The Rollins campus was replete with shiny new convertibles, which the wealthier students seemed to feel compelled to bring to college with them. Rollins had All Rollins students, faculty and their families were free to use The Pelican, which had fresh water showers outside. provided by Rollins. (Bring your own bedclothes.) Almost annually, Sir Malcolm Camp bell set world speed records with his racecars on nearby Daytona Beach. Rollins had a football team in those days, a off Rollins shore. About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Rollins College and its colorful President Hamilton Holt were an unusual local phenomenon. Be ready for Election Day CharleHARLEY WilliamsWILLIAMS Guest Writer I Di I SAGREE. EEARLY VOTi I NG iI S OVER Ei I GHT DAYS (JAN. 21-28), Ni I NE HOURS PER DAY. TTWO SSATURDAYS, ONE SSUNDAY AND iI F YOU Mi I SS THOSE DAYS AND YOURE AN ABSENTEE VOTER, YOU CAN SHOW UP AT THE SSUPERVi I SOR OF EELECTi I ONS ON SSUNDAY, JAN. 29, TO VOTE ABSENTEE. OOR YOU CAN SHOW UP ON EELECTi I ON DDAY WHEN POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 7 A.M. UNTi I L THE LAST VOTER iI N Li I NE HAS VOTED. IF YOU CANT MAKE iI T DURi I NG THi I S Ti I ME, ALL THE EARLY VOTi I NG iI N THE WORLD WONT HELP. PPiI TT WWARNER YYAY, WE GET OUR NEi I GHBORHOOD BACK! 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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. 26, 2012 50+ tax wpmobserver.com Subscribe now! Visit wpmobserver.com A Maitland City Council member is calling into question the management of one of the citys cultural partners. On Monday, Councilman Phil Bonus told City Council that he cial concerns about the operation of Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H). I brought this item to the agenda to express concerns that I have with the direction MAHA (Maitland Art and History Asso ciation its former name) has been headed, Bonus said. My view is that with a half a mil lion dollar investment on the part of the city, we deserve the right to talk about it. To start these talks, Council proposed holding a workshop soon with the directors of A&H The City Commission shouldnt have separate meetings to discuss issues important to the citizens. Page 14 Letters to the editor Lifestyles Hundreds attended the dedication ceremony for the new Maitland Fire Station No. 45 on Nov. 19. Page 11 Dibs on the post ofce Winter Park wants to have the right to buy the Post Ofce property when the U.S. Postal Service is done with it. Page 3 Calendar Eatonville will host the ZORA! Festival of the Arts and Humanities Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 29. Page 10 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 Please see ART on page 2 Election looming Cities to elect mayors Tuesday; Gingrich stops by See page 5 for Maitlands mayoral candidates JENNY ANDREASSON Observer Staff Early voting is in full swing as Winter Park and Maitland get ready to elect mayors, weigh in on economic incentives meant to attract new businesses to the area, and pick the states Republican nominee for president. It wasnt just the local candidates blazing the campaign trail this week. Presi dential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed donors at a fundraiser at Jeanne Atkinsons Winter Park home on Wednesday evening. What started out as just a small fundraiser turned into a nationally tele vised event on Fox News, organizer Shannon Herring said. I thought I was hosting a small reception and fundraiser for Speaker Newt of Winter Park is attending. Check out coverage of the Gingrich event on our website, wpmobserver.com On the local level, we asked the candidates for mayor in Winter Park and Maitland to write, in about 50 words, why they deserve your vote. Heres what they had to say: Winter Park Ken Bradley I'm very excited to run on my record. The last three years in Winter Park have been good years. Winter Park is a much bet ter place than it was. I believe the voters in Winter Park will recog nize that and vote for me. This election is about leadership and about who is best to manage our only one choice. Nancy Miles A city does not run like a corporation. The mayor works for the citizens not the other way around. You deserve a mayor who respects that. Decisions I make as mayor will ben of Winter Park. These are Winter Park values. Vote your values Jan. 31. Councilman calls for a review of A&Hs operations ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Attendees check out art in the galleries of A&Hs Maitland Art Center in May of last year. SARAH WILSON Observer Staff

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Page 2 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer which is funded partially by a $425,000 cash contribution by the city and the Council to discuss the ups and downs of their part nership so far, and how it can be improved in the future. I dont see this as a controver sial issue, but as an informational one, Councilwoman Linda Fro sch said. Bonus discussion Bonus cited a high volume of in the last year, as well as A&Hs budget, as two of his six main con cerns, which he listed during the Jan. 23 meeting. Bonus said he decided to raise his issues now, as A&H approach es the 6-month mark of its initial lease agreement with the city, so that a dialogue can be opened between the two before the lease automatically renews for 51 years on Oct. 1. I think we all feel that we are doing the best that we can in many ways, Bonus said, but that doesnt mean that we cant do better, and that doesnt mean that over time we dont need cor rection or redirection in various ways. This dialogue is important on many levels. The Council agreed that an open workshop, addressing Bo nus concerns as well as any ad ditional ones presented by other Council members, citizens or the directors of A&H who were not in attendance at the meeting step. Theyll pick a date for the workshop at their Monday, Feb. 13, meeting. This is the time to look at this from both sides, Frosch said. Were heading into a potential long-term marriage with this. Hearing from A&H Though not in attendance at the meeting, Executive Direc tor and CEO Andrea Bailey Cox, and the president of the executive board of the A&H, Bill Taulbee, said they look forward to continu of communication with the city. As a cultural partner, we make sure we have a lot of communica tion with the city, Taulbee said. We want to make sure the com munication is always there. Taulbee said the past year and half has been a largely transitional phase for A&H, after Maitland Art Association and Historical Society merged in May 2010. Initially the merger resulted in a 31-person ad visory board, which he along with city advisors felt was unmanage ably large. That was not a workable board, he said. We decided as a board to reduce the members to a number of 15 to 20 through attri tion. With board members terms expiring, and others deciding to leave for personal reasons, he said the Maitland Arts Council cur rently stands at 16 members. Our board has gone through its attri tion naturally, he said. Taulbee and Cox said they think workshops between the City Council and A&H directors will help them discuss and clarify the future. We think the more communi cation the better, Cox said, and we look forward to the work shop. Mayor Howard Schieferdeck er said he too looks forward to scheduling workshops in the com ing months. He said he is proud of all the work that has been done with A&H, and hopes upcoming meetings will help smooth out the future success of its cultural part nership with the city. Its a wonderful organization and is really a treasured cultural partner for us, he said. 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 On January 31st, Vote Howard Schieferdecker Mayor of MaitlandWe Need Our New Mayor. We Need Howard Schieferdecker. Howards priorities for the next three years:Attract quality economic growth and development to lighten the tax burden on homeowners and bring new jobs. Continue balancing the budget through cuts in overhead and opposing tax increases. Pursue a high quality pedestrian-friendly downtown. Our New MayorHoward Schieferdecker Dear Maitland Residents, One of the most important decisions you will make when you vote on Tuesday, January 31st is regarding the Future of Maitland . Who will be Maitlands Mayor? We ask you to vote for Howard Schieferdecker. Howard became Mayor last year when the previous mayor, Doug Kinson, resigned, and then unsuccessfully ran for higher oce. As the new Mayor, Howard successfully re-unied the City aer years of dissensio n. e discord was due to an unsuccessful, drawn-out agreement with a large-scale Developer to build our DownTown. Under his leadership and guidance . streamlined our Development Permit Application Process which is being accepted as a prototype for other Cities. framework will insure we can have a High-Quality, Pedestrian-Friendly DownTown from George Avenue to Lake Lily. It will enable our City to successfully grow in phases as land becomes available. Our DownTown will be a place for us to gather and enjoy for many generations to come. and initiative, City Council unanimously signed onto A Community with Honorable Character program. Howard has made it public that he has no interest in running for higher oce. Due to his business successes, he is semi-retired and currently Maitlands FULL TIME Mayor. He is totally committed to Maitlands successful future. We ask you to join us in our support,Phil Bonus Linda J. Frosch, Esq. Dr. Mark Round Edmund Hampden A. Walter Temple, Jr. Martha Bryant Hall Michael Dabby Adam Barringer Chief Edward W Butch Doyle Allen Trovillion Len Schmidt Barbara omas Barry Kalmanson Bill Mahoney Renee Stein Charlan Rob Gebaide Bill Taulbee Bob Cantu, PE Sandy Bonus Bob Niemi Ivan Valdes Charles L Butch Charlan Christopher P Raleigh David Konkol Dick Batchelor Dr. Johnny Sandifer Barry Lundin Bette Lord Hillman Dr. Lewis Earl Elizabeth Bell Roland Hillier Skip Hillman Tom Burruss William Finfrock Elizabeth Schneider Peele Francesca Hillier Dale McDonald George Livingston Jean ornton Angela Brown County Comm. Ted Edwards Barbara Hampden Jere Pile Jim Panico Joel Swann John Bell IV Robert Miller, FAIA John Peele Kevin Acker Lee Acker Linda Zeitler Marc Auster Margaret Schellang Darryl Bloodworth David Earl Marianne Link Michael Heidrich Robin J. Weeks Roger Pickar William Garner POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER, CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF MAITLAND, NON-PARTISAN. ART | A&H leaders look forward to informational workshops with the city of Maitland to clear up any issues C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER The Maitland Art Center on Packwood hosts arts classes, special events and weddings.

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Page 3 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer it, or at least thats what the city is negotiat ing. On Monday the City Commission voted 5-0 for staff to move forward with a request that the United States Postal Service prop erty at the northwest corner of Central Park not be put up for public bid. The Commis sion wants to be able to buy it before any one else does, giving the city a plot of land citys downtown park. I think youve got pretty much univer sal support for that, Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel said. When the mayor asked for a show of hands of residents in support of the decision, nearly all hands in the room went up. But exactly when and how the city would go about acquiring the property was anybodys guess. Though the strug gling USPS has been undergoing structural changes, nobody knows whether the New soon, Mayor Ken Bradley said. Commissioner Steven Leary suggested it could take as long as 15 years before the city ever had a chance to buy the property and turn it into expanded parkland. Commissioner Carolyn Cooper suggest ed that the city try to get an accurate ap for negotiation purposes. Itd be nice if we had an idea of what the property value is, Cooper said. But Bradley was quick to suggest that he didnt want the city to have to pay much, if any money for the property, implying that space, it could be transferred to the city for a nominal fee. I certainly hope the property value for them is valued at a dollar, Bradley said. The property will already be stuck with a zoning change to parkland that the city enacted two years ago, Bradley said, mak ing converting it into a park the obvious choice. going to be a park, Bradley said, adding that hed already been negotiating at the the sale of the property. We've been in favor of this for years, federal authorities on this. At the appropri ate time and place the city of Winter Park will acquire that property. Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Our Town(407) 366-8696 Fax (407) 359-2118 P.O. Box 4548 Winter Park, FL 32793Insertions in editions and months as shown:____Waterford Lakes ____College Park/Orlando ____Winter Park/Maitland ____Sweetwater/Heathrow ____Tuscawilla/Winter Springs ____Oviedo ____Baldwin Park/E. Winter ParkPlease initial your agreement with the following:____ I approve this ad to appear in Our Town as shown here OR ____ I approve this ad with minor changes as clearly marked (How many changes are marked? _____) ____ Phone number and address are correct I understand that payment for this ad is due per initial agreement.Signed ____________________________________We appreciate your prompt response, as our deadline is approaching.*Colors represented on this proof may not be an exact match of the colors produced when printed on our offset press.X OCT 2009 407-644-7760 AS MAYOR, NANCY MILES WILL SUPPORT WINTER PARK VALUESPromote Business Growth and Jobs in Winter Park Restore transparency to City Hall Bring back open, respectful leadershipVOTE JANUARY 31 FOR NANCY MILES VOTE JANUARY 31 FOR NANCY MILES VOTE YOUR VALUES -MAKE NANCY MILES YOUR NEXT MAYORVOTE NANCY MILES ON JANUARY 31.NancyForWinterPark.comNancyForWinterPark@gmail.com"Political advertisement paid for and approved by the Nancy Miles for Mayor campaign." ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK OBSERVER STAFF The United States Post Ofce on New Y ork A venue in Winter Park would be torn down to make way for a park. Winter Park wrangles Post Ofce property Mayor Ken Bradley says the land will either be a post ofce or a park, thanks to an automatic zoning change ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff

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Page 4 Thursday, Jan. 26, 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. 26, 2012 CONTACTS Volume 24, Issue Number 4 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 Sarah Wilson 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 Interview audio CMF Public Media recently inter viewed Ken Bradley and Nancy Miles. Listen to the interview at cmfmedia.org/2012/01/winterpark-mayoral-election/ Interlachen on National Register The Interlachen Avenue Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on Nov. 30. This district now joins the Winter Park Downtown Historic District, which was listed in the National Register on May 3. The historic pe riod of signicance runs from 1882 through 1964, for which the district was deemed signicant in the ar eas of architecture and community planning. Student honors Christopher Berube of Winter Park is a January graduate of Lycoming College. Berube graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in account ing and business. Display your art The Winter Park Public Library is now taking applications for artists who would like to exhibit their work as part of its continuing Community Room revolving art display during 2012 or the rst half of 2013. Art ists work will be displayed in the Librarys Community Room for onemonth periods. All interested artists should send an artist statement/bi ographical sketch accompanied by four to six digital images represen tative of the work to be displayed to mgcoffee@wppl.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 13. Volunteer for literacy The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools is asking the com munity to consider volunteering for one hour a week during the school year, in order to improve literacy in children though the Read2Succeed program. Go to www.foundation forocps.org to register as a mentor today. Help build wheelchair ramps The Center for Independent Living (CIL) is in need of donations and volunteers for RAMPAGE, an an nual, one-day event on Wednesday, Feb. 25, where volunteers will build wheelchair ramps. To donate, or for more information, please contact Lindsey Koeneman at 407-6231070 ex. 127 or LKoeneman@cil orlando.org Volunteer for Build Week Habitat for Humanity of Greater Or lando Area has launched its fund raising effort for National Women Build Week, a volunteer-driven event designed to empower wom en to take action against povertylevel housing conditions. Habitat Orlando needs more fundraising teams to meet its goal of raising $100,000 the cost to sponsor one Habitat home. Women Build Week runs from May 7 to 12 and will take place at the nonprots rst multi family community, Stag Horn Villas. To learn more visit www.habitatorlando.org/Women-Build Learning grant awarded The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County was recently the recipient of The Orlando Magic Y outh Fund, a McCormick Founda tion Fund grant totaling $50,000. The award was publicly presented Wednesday, Jan. 18, during the Magic vs. Spurs game. The grant will provide 80 hours of CDA spe cic training to support infant/tod dler teachers, provide scholarships to pay the cost of the nal assess ment fee, and provide incentives for the participating infant-toddler teachers. January marks Fannie Hillman and Asso ciates 31st anniversary, and for the sixth time in the past seven years (2005-2011), the company has been named the B est Residential Real Estate Ofce in Central Florida for 2011 by the readers of Orlando Business Journal. Located at 205 W. Fair banks Ave., Fannie Hillman and Associates can be reached by calling 407-644-1234 or by visiting FannieHillman.com One Senior Place Orlando opens Wednes day, Feb. 1. Two dozen senior and health care-related businesses will eventually have a presence at the newly remodeled facility at 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs. For more information, visit OneSe niorPlace.com Dozens of Central Florida children had a brighter holiday as recipients of the nearly 100 toys including bicycles, games and plush animals collected by the HollerClassic organization for T oys for T ots. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, appointed four pro fessionals to its design and project teams: Christian Paulo was appointed a CAD tech nician. Jose Diaz, E. I ., was named senior mechanical designer. Lee Murrah was ap pointed project coordinator. Jaison Moras was appointed electrical project manager. BankFIRST of Winter Park completed the acquisition of the Ormond B each-based East Coast Community Bank. For more information on BankFIRST, visit bankrst. com Mercantile Capital Corporation reported it had a record-breaking year in 2011. The eight-year-old rm closed 57 commercial loans in 15 states in 2011 to nance com mercial real estate projects valued at more than $174.4 million, a 24 percent increase over 2010. The city of Apopka and the University of Central Floridas Business I ncubation Program anticipate opening an incubator site in downtown Apopka before April 1. James Jim Rickard, CPA, has been ad mitted as a principal with Averett Warmus Durkee Osburn Henning. Emerson International Inc. recently ne gotiated six commercial lease agreements that total more than 10,300 square feet of ofce space. Maxine Carr ED. D., P.A. leased 493 square feet at 1177 Louisiana Ave. at Louisiana Ofce Park in Winter Park. Poetry contest winners announced A committee of ve English teachers at Win ter Park High School selected the winners of the Twitter Poetry Contest held by the Student Branch of the English-Speaking Union. Glenn An derson is the faculty advisor. Have you seen this bell? Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 8, this church bell was taken from Warner Chapel, located at 753 W. Comstock Ave. in Winter Park. The cop per church bell is 100 years old and has been on display at the cha pel since 2000. Any one with information regarding the location of the bell, or informa tion on the theft of the bell, please contact the Winter Park Police De partment at 407-6441313. On May 24, 2010, Stepha nie Edwards left her home with the intention of re turning a short time later. Edwards visited a friend in the area of Lyman and Virginia avenues and left to return home on foot a short time later. Ms. Edwards has not been seen since. In an effort to obtain information that results in the recovery of Stephanie Edwards, the Winter Park Police Depart ment, in cooperation with Crimeline, is increasing the reward for information in this case to $10,000. Anyone with in formation about this case should contact Crimeline at 1-800-423TIPS(8477) or Detective Jeff Harris at 407-599 3393. Y ou may be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000. Missing person reward increased

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Page 5 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer $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 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Ken Bradley, Non-Partisan Candidate for Mayor of Winter Park. VOTE THIS TUESDAY. JAN UA R Y 31. BRADLEY FACTSY OU NEED T O K N OW VOTE | Orange County, Maitland voters will consider referendums that would OK tax credits for businesses C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE On Monday night, three days into the eight-day early voting period, 808 voters had cast ballots at the Winter Park Library, with more than 5,000 Orange County residents opting to vote early at the 10 centers across the county. Early voting continues in Orange County through Saturday, Jan. 28; Election Day is T uesday, Jan. 31. T en centers are available to eligible voters including the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England A ve., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day). Visit www.orangecountyvotes.com Learn more Howard Schieferdecker were to reunify the City Council and streamline our permitting process. With those accomplished, my pres ent and future priorities are to complete the revision of our Land Development Code and promote quality economic de velopment with the emphasis on our new downtown. This in turn will bring jobs and hold our homeowner taxes down by expanding our tax base. Maitland Referendums Orange County and Maitland have economic incentive referendums on the ballot. Vot ing yes would allow the county and the city to offer tax credits to businesses that relocate or expand there. In Maitland, the incentives program would allow City Council to give businesses, on a case-by-case basis, as much as a 100 percent tax exemption for as many as 10 years. The measure needs 50 percent of the vote to pass. Visit tinyurl.com/MaitlandRef FAQs for more information. Doug Kinson Vote for Doug because nancial base by reducing expenses and leveraging revenues, I will bring re sponsible development to Maitland by taking into consideration its impacts on our com munity, and I will plan appropriately to bring walkable, pedestrianfriendly development to our downtown, similar to Park Avenue. John Y anchunis If elected, I plan on focusing on revitalizing Maitlands downtown, this spans from the silent train initiative to the de struction of dilapidated buildings into positive contributions to the com munity. But why should you vote for me? I prom ise to listen to every citi zen and not ignore the problems of the people like some of the past mayors have. Fiction Creative got money through a Winter Park program to spruce up its facade in 2009. Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"

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Page 6 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Animals being abandoned and turned into local shelters continue to be at an all-time high due to current economic conditions and this event seeks to increase awareness and promote adoption of homeless pets. groups with many dogs and cats available for adoption. Over 40 petrelated service companies and manufacturers will be onsite offering information and education about their goods and services. Kids zone and playground area, live musical entertainment and food truck court. Parking is available at the Civic Center and neighboring marked parking lots only. We appreciate your cooperation on the parking and we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday the 28th of January at Please remember...'Opt to Adopt'. The goal of RescueFest is to raise both awareness and funds for many of Central Florida's pet rescue organizations. $5 offANY BAG of Natures Variety raw food, dry food or treatsWhile supplies last. Must be presented at time of purchase. With Select coupon. One coupon per visit, per customer. Cannot be combined. Exp. 02/29/12 FREE Bagof Natures Variety Instinct with any rescued dog or cat from Rescue Fest on Jan. 28 at Lake LilyBag is 4.5 pounds. With Select coupon. One coupon per visit, per customer. Cannot be combined. Exp. 02/29/12 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. 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. 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. 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. Hounds & KittiesPet Health Food Marketwww.houndsnkitties.comWhere healthy is affordable Featuring407-637-2919144 Lake Ave. in Maitland Corner of 17-92 & Lake Ave. in Village Plaza 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. 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. Pookie's will host its fourth annual Visit our site PookiesRescueFest.com For more information 321.287.0390 RescueFest 2012 is moving to a larger location. We have outgrown capacity at our back lot location at Pookie's. We are excited to announce that this year's event will be held in the park at Lake Lily and the adjoining Maitland Civic Center in Maitland.

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Page 7 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thousands of fans mobbed the court, lifted A.J. Rompza into the air, and roared the name UCF over and over again Jan. 18. The Knights time in school history, and three days later, The Memphis win was described as one of the most important wins in team history, dancing with players at half court. "It was unreal," forward Keith Clanton said. "Everybody was out there having fun." Seconds earlier the Knights' scrappy team attempt by Memphis as the score stood 68-67 with the Knights narrowly ahead. And as he ing with cheers. But there was plenty of heroics to go shocking upset of the Tigers. Down 63-64, junior Marcus Jordan raced into the paint to the Knights back on top. Down again after a 3-pointer by the Tigers, Keith Clanton leapt up for a layup while being fouled mercilessly by the Tigers to tie the game. Clanton had only hit half his free throws all night, but on the ensuing foul shot, he sank what would be the winning basket with just four seconds left. And as the clock ran out and Knights fans leapt onto the court to dance with their team, the Knights celebrated a victory that had been long in coming. In nearly a dozen meetings on the court, the Knights had never beaten the Tigers. "We knew what it meant to the school," Jor dan said. Clanton and Jordan would lead the Knights in scoring. Clanton had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 2 steals on the night. Jordan added 20 points and 2 assists. The Knights needed everything they had to stave off a late comeback by Memphis (126, 3-1), which was down by as much as 13 points as the Knights pulled away early in the second half. But after a string of shots by the Tigers, they came within 2 points with 11 min utes left. After that, it was a struggle for the Knights to stay ahead. But in the end, the Knights gritted out one of the most memorable wins in team history. "We've beaten some good teams," Jordan said. "We're just going to try and continue to win every game we play." Three days later, they did just that, holding off UAB in a hard-fought battle that ended 4841. That low-scoring affair was nearly a highwater mark for UCF defense, which held the Blazers to the third lowest score by an oppo nent in team history. The streaking Knights (15-4, 5-1) were in the national spotlight Wednesday at press time, playing Tulsa on national television. Theyll continue their C-USA play with a re turn home to host Southern Miss at 7 p.m. Saturday. City National Bank E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heating Flooring by DeLoreto Interiors Friends of Casa Feliz, Inc. Gomez Construction Company Hannibal Square Heritage Center iCraveCatering.com Luxury Trips Midtown Title Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine Owens Realty Network ,LLC Peterbrooke Chocolatier Piazza Italia on Park Avenue Post Lake at Baldwin Park Sara Brady Public Relations Weston Diagnostics BETA Center A. Anthony Giovanoli, P.A. Central Florida Lifestyle Publications Citizens Bank of Florida Saundra Hester Luma on Park Mailtropolis, LLC Mystic Granite & Marble Orlando VA Medical Center Ruggiero, Martinez & Norton, P.A. Synergy Tugboat and The Bird U.S. Postal Service Whittington Properties Aloma Title Company 310 Park South Sutton Homes Alzheimer ALF Vanson Constructors Burns Appraisal, Inc. Pannullo's Italian Restaurant Winter Park Historical Association & Museum Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Brandywine Square First United Methodist Church Visit Orlando American Cancer Society Lykes Insurance, Inc. Park Plaza Gardens Creald School of Art Clanton, Floyd & Nestor CPA Firm Park Plaza Hotel Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. Murrah, Doyle and Wigle, P.A. Scenic Boat Tour Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A. Massey Services, Inc. Denotes Park Avenue Area Association membership ECONOMIC UPDATE BREAKFAST The Wildcats looked to be turning a corner when they trounced Ocoee in their only blowout win this season on Jan. 19. But the muted joy of that night under the glow of a scoreboard reading 65-47 didnt last long; not as long as the losing streaks that preceded or followed that very big W. Winter Park returned to the court against district rival University for the third time the next day, and lost for the third time this season to the Cougars, this time 61-55. And with a 56-51 loss to East River on Monday, they became the only team in Class 8A District 5 that hasnt beaten anybody in the district. For the perennially dramatic Wild cats, their 5-16 season so far has been excruciating by numbers alone. Despite their seemingly wildly lopsided record, those games have only been separated by an average of four points. Of the been two shots away from a win. They faced an almost undefeated Lake Brantley (17-3, 9-1) Wednesday night at press time, and will hit the road for their next two games. At 7:30 p.m. Friday theyll travel to face Apopka Tuesday theyll be at Olympia (12-6, 5-0), tipping off at 7:30 p.m. Edgewater The Eagles felt something unusual for them on Jan. 19: defeat. Edgewater (14-6, 7-0) had just beaten Pine Ridge 57-51 to maintain an undefeated district record before they faced Apopka. Against the Blue Darters, the Eagles were seemingly a different team, allow ing Apopka to spread the ball around with four players in double digits in scoring, and allowing the ball to be sto len 10 times in the game while giving up an additional 13 turnovers. left to end the season. They played two back-to-back games at press time, including their last district match up off starting with a home game against a struggling Merritt Island Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday. The next night at 7:30 p.m. theyll face a tough Dr. Phillips team (16-5, 3-0) thats coming off two recent home games against Georgia teams. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Marcus Jordan helped the Knights to a shocker upset of Memphis, their rst win against the Tigers in team history. Cats, Eagles stumble ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park trounced Ocoee on Jan. 19, thanks to tough defense that stied the Knights. Two historic wins ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff

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Page 8 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Some of the most produc tive plants I grow in my garden could be categorized as Asian greens. The simple abundance of harvesting the early leaf and stem portions of these veg etables provide a quick and nutritious harvest with minimal maintenance. As we grow into our lucrative spring season, take advantage of some of the easiest crops to produce on Earth. Most Asian greens must be started from seeds instead of off-the-shelf transplants. Locat ing the seeds is a low hurdle to choosing many of these exotic plants. (I havent had much luck at nursery center seed racks.) An Internet search of seed catalogs will provide numerous options. Since purchasing seeds offers an incredible economy of scale over buying transplants, dont skimp on trying a spectrum of varieties. Starting the seeds requires a balanced mix of quality potting soil, clean containers, moisture, warmth and sunlight. Most Asian greens germinate in just a few days, so be prepared to deliver the new sprouts to full sun. Left in limited light, lanky, weak seedlings are prone to stem disease and damage. Provide fresh air and ventilation as a warm sunny day could lead to overheating. In three to four weeks most of these seedlings will be ready to grow in the great expanse of the garden. Available soil fertility, mois ture, pest controls, sunlight and space provided in almost any garden configuration is usually adequate. A 3-gallon landscape pot filled with welldrained potting mix supplies ample space for six transplants. A 4-foot square bed using grid pattern spacing produces dozens of heads. As the crop starts to mature, pick crowded thinning greens for those gourmet baby vegetables that are so expensive in the grocery store. Most Asian greens are in the Brassica family of plants, similar to radish or cabbage. I repeated ly plant Pac choi, a smaller vari ety of Bok choi. Another favorite is Mizuna, which produces a large quantity of fine, mildflavored green or purple fernlike foliage. For edible flowers, try Hon Tsai Tai. Tatsoi is spoon shaped, quick to mature, but has a strong mustard flavor. Other names to mess with your spellchecker are Shungiku, Bekana, Komatsuna, Vit or Michilli. Gather individual leaves and stems or harvest the whole head by cutting at ground level. Promptly rinse to avoid wilting. I graze fresh from my garden, taste testing to compare and contrast many of these unique flavors. The vitamin, fiber and mineral components of Asian greens are easily off the charts. Ill leave it to you to research the myriad recipe and menu pos sibilities of one of the worlds most popular crops. Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM Untitled LIVE ART AUCTIONCORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUMOn the campus of Rollins CollegeFriday, January 27, 2012Preview: 7:30 p.m. Auction: 8:00 p.m. Preview Online: CFAM.ROLLINS.EDUProperty from the collection of Winifred Clive Johnson to bene t the Cornell Fine Arts Museum CFAM-WPMag (12-3-11).indd 1 12/2/11 11:00 AM 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 Asian greens easy to grow Tom Carey From my garden to yours PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER The Camellia Society of Central Florida hosted the 66th Annual Camellia Show and Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park. Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, the CSCF show and festival is Floridas largest camellia show. Camellias in bloom

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Page 9 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Many of our Maitland citizens are excited about the prospects of having a new high-quality, pe destrian-friendly downtown and are asking me where we are in the process of developing one. Since I last year, our downtown has been one of my top priorities. Before we could move forward, however, the following had or is in the pro cess of happening: Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council, we stream lined our Development Permit Application Process making our city more inviting for develop process has been showcased as a prototype for other cities and counties. solidating the multiple zoning mixed-use development. This al of our Land Development Code (LDC) paving the way for the long-awaited completion of the Downtown Maitland Zoning Dis trict (DMZD) Design Standards. This critical Framework will en sure we can have a high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown. The DMZD Design Standards or affectionately known as the Pat tern Book will be completed by the end of February. Let me clarify what will consti tute our downtown. The dream/ideal area for our high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown is the area bounded by 17-92 to the east, Maitland Avenue to the west, George Avenue to the north and Lake Lily to the south. Over time, hopefully, this entire area will become our downtown. However, at the present time due to economic constraints, the only portion of that area that is feasible for redevelopment is from George Avenue south to Packwood Av enue. This area is comprised mostly of vacant land, buildings scheduled to be torn down, and/ or dilapidated vacant buildings. It is the area that we need to focus on now. Lets call this Phase One. Phase One would consist of a two-block area beginning along Independence Lane from Pack wood Avenue north to Horatio Avenue and then continue north by extending Independence Lane to George Avenue. The composition of Phase One would be small shops, specialty boutiques, and restaurants on The existing historic Central Park, with the beautiful old oak trees, that is located adjacent to the north of the new City Hall would be preserved and enhanced. There would be on-street parking and pedestrian-friendly activity ar eas and walkways. The pleasant environment would be similar Hannibal Square, but would have Maitlands own unique identity. land values and construction costs have decreased substantially. By moving forward with redevelop ment now, it will be much less costly and, therefore, require less opportunity to achieve the down town scale and ambiance that we hoped for. Im happy to share we have been talking with potential devel opers about the goals of our city for the creation of our new down town. Proposed new develop ment will nicely complement and and city hall that are presently being built on Packwood Avenue and Independence Lane. At the end of February, with our LDC and DMZD Design Stan cially be open for the redevelop ment of our new downtown. Due to the present economic condi tions, if we dont take advantage of it now, we may lose this win dow of opportunity. development background, I am looking forward to guiding and protecting the city throughout the redevelopment process. In the years to come, I am looking forward to seeing you and your families enjoying a great dining experience or shopping at a quaint boutique in our new high-quality, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Maitland has waited too long; it is time to make our new down town a reality. City Council Meeting Jan. 23 The Maitland City Council met Hall Council Chambers. To listen to a recording of the meeting, visit www.itsmymaitland.com. The next regular scheduled Council Jan. 23 City Commission meeting highlights There was a City Commission low are a few highlights of deci sions made at the meeting. Mayors report The Employee of the Quarter award was presented to Mark Brown, electric utility specialist. The board appointments to the were approved. The citys 125th Anniversary Task Force was approved. announced. Tunis was awarded the Designers Choice Award and Bella was awarded the Peoples Choice Award. Congratulations on helping make our downtown more festive during the holiday season! City Managers Report The proposed East Hannibal Square on-street dining request was approved to continue going through the special event process prior to being presented to the Commission for consideration. City Attorneys Report The settlement agreement pro posed by Sydgan in the case of Sydgan Corp. versus the city of Consent Agenda proved. The various purchases and contracts were approved (for a complete listing of this agenda item, please visit www.cityofwin terpark.org > Government > City Commission > Agenda.) Enhancement Matching Grant re quests for the following neighbor hoods were approved: Chateaux du Lac Hannibal Square Community ciation Park Green Community As sociation Association The expenditures of State Law Enforcement Forfeiture Funds Drivers (MADD) for the 4th an nual Chief Challenge fundraiser; tion Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to aid in reducing the scope of prescription drug abuse and diversion in Florida. The request to waive fees in Central Park for the Michael An drews/Swingerhead concert was approved. Action Items Requiring Discussion The city manager, Commis sioner Cooper and city attorney were approved to proceed with proposing an agreement to the Public Hearings The following decisions were Properties, LLC: The second reading of the or dinance amending the compre hensive plan future land use map so as to change the future land use designation of Single-family ement to add an exception to the encroachment of non-residential land use was approved. The second reading of the ordi ing map so as to change the exist ing zoning designation of Single Family Residential (R-1A) District Dallas Avenue was approved. The resolution setting forth the citys intent to use the uniform ad valorem assessment for properties Avenue to fund the installation of cilities was approved. The request of Rollins College for Conditional Use approval to demolish and rebuild Strong Hall located adjacent to the corner of zoned PQP, was approved. The request of Perth Lane Prop erties, LLC, for Conditional Use approval to build a new two-story The following requests of Den ning Partners, Ltd., for the prop were tabled to the Monday, Feb. First reading of the ordinance changing the designation of Sin gle Family Residential to High Density Residential. First reading of the ordinance changing the designation of Sin gle Family Residential (R-1A) to Multi-Family (High Density R-4).. Redevelopment Agency, Ltd., for Conditional Use approval to con ly approved restaurant pavilion Ave., zoned C-2, was approved. Commission minutes will be avail at www.cityofwinterpark.org the by the City Commission. Early Voting Avenue will host early voting for Orange County residents in the Sample ballots that indicate their voting precinct have been mailed to registered voters. If you are still unsure of your precinct, please contact the City Clerks through Friday, from 8 a .m. until 5 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Elec tion Day to determine your vot ing precinct. Please make sure to bring your sample ballot to the precinct to help expedite the vot ing process. Election information can be found on the citys website www. cityofwinterpark.org by clicking the Election button on the home page. In addition, more information about voting requirements and other general election matters, residents should call the Orange County Supervisor of elections at at www.ocfelections.com City Blood Drive Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Please donate blood! Thank you for doing your part to help Florida Blood Centers. A critical number of voluntary do nations are required every day to preciate your lifesaving efforts. To donate blood, you must be at least and be in good health. All donors must bring photo ID. Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Maitland City Talk BY HOW ARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Update on the downtown Winter Park City Talk BY RAND Y KNIGHT CITY MANAGER www.gulfstatescu.org 407-831-8844A Refreshing Alternative to Conventional Banking.9405 S. 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Page 10 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer JAN. 26 Early voting continues in Orange County through Saturday, Jan. 28; Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Ten centers are available to eligible voters including the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day). Visit www. orangecountyvotes.com JAN. 27 The SunRail groundbreaking cer emony is 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the corner of State Road 436 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. For details call 407-487-4035 or email rsvp@ sunrail.com The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus stops at the Rollins College Student Union from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on its Road to the White House tour. The Winter Park Chamber of Com merce will host a Membership Awards Celebration at 6 p.m. on Fri day, Jan. 27, at 141 University Park Drive in Winter Park. Visit WinterPark. org for details. Laughter Y oga a gentle aerobic ex ercise that blends laughter with yo ga-style breathing, is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 3377 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407671-4300. JAN. 28 The National Kidney Foundation of Florida will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Winter Park Community Center. Keith Sweat will perform live on the Performance Stage in Eatonville, at the Robert Hungerford High School Athletic eld at the ZORA! Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Visit zorafestival.com for details. JAN. 29 The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents Manhattan Brass at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Tiedt ke Concert Hall. Tickets cost $30 to $40. Visit BachFestivalFlorida.org for details. The Florida Opera Theatre presents Rossinis The Barber of Seville at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Valen cia Community College East Campus Performing Arts Center. Call 407872-2382 or visit RedChairProject. tix.com The Peachy Keen Porcelain Art Show is Sunday, Jan. 29, through Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Bahia Shrine Center at 2300 Pembrook Drive in Orlando. Admission cost is $3. Visit www.wocp.com The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be host ing a reception for the opening of their new exhibit BESA: A Code of Honor It will be at the Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. FEB. 1 United Arts kicks off its annual fund raising campaign with ArtsF est happening Feb. 1-29. Attendance is free, and some Tickets Are Limited events have limited seating and ca pacity. Visit ArtsFestFL.com The Winter Park Institute presents Pat Methenys Career Retrospec tive at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Rollins College at the Keene Concert Hall. An Evening with Pat Metheny: Music and Dialogue will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Attendance is free. Visit www. rollins.edu/wpi The University Club of Winter Park will host T rivia 4 U on Feb. 1 and 15 at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, but do nations are accepted. Call 407-6446149 or visit www.universityclubwin terpark.org FEB. 2 Five writers from across the U.S. will take part in this years Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Liter ary Arts. The event is free and will be at Rollins Bush Auditorium on four consecutive Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 2. Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Carl Hiaasen will speak on Thursday, Feb. 2. Visit www.rol lins.edu/winterwiththewriters Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations JANUARY WHITE SALE Calendar ZORA! F estival in Eatonville Eatonville will host the ZORA! Festival from Friday, Jan. 27, through Sun day, Jan. 29. It is an amalgam of arts education, visual arts and performing arts. Visit zorafestival.com Shipyard turns 1 Come down to Shipyard Brew Pub on Saturday, Jan. 28, and help celebrate their one-year an niversary. There will be 50 percent off food and drinks, live outdoor music, a beer garden and more. Visit tinyurl.com/Shipyard-BrewPub for details. Arbitrage at the Enzian Theater Dont miss a special Sundance Film Festival USA screening of Arbi trage at the Enzian Theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Actress Brit Marling (below) will conduct a live Q&A with the audience. This event is sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets may be available on the day of event at 5 p.m. Visit Enzian.org

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Page 11 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles hard silently watched from the police station lobby as the ceremo ny for the new police station came His station on Independence Avenue and the former police sta vember day, he told the Observer that he couldnt wait to dedicate a new facility of his own. two years and two months later, and more than a decade after the He worked hard and waited a long time, and this is his mo ment, Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferedecker said, motioning dium at the dedication ceremony for the new Maitland Fire Station Packwood and Maitland avenues. The hundreds of residents and new stations roomy engine bay rose from their chairs and cheered It is with a great deal of pride that I usher in the future of public safety to the residents, of blood, sweat and tears put into making this a reality but its all been worth it. This is the cor nerstone of our new downtown. hard said, adding that some folks Schieferedecker agreed. This is the foundation on which to build Maitlands future, he said. New home proudly guided attendees through a tour of the three-story station on individual dorm-style rooms in the old station, members slept in the same room on bunks and there are two locker rooms, one for men and one for women. The genders had to share before. Theres also an expansive kitchen complete with food pan tries and refrigerators for each of the three shifts. In the last sta tion, there had been a problem with shifts swiping each others laugh. That wont be happening anymore theres a lock on these cabinets. The dining room table, paint ed with a red and black stripe, is emblazoned with Maitland East Side Express. Theres a day room, complete with six puffy re cliners donated by the Friends of First Response Maitland and a workout room with universal gym equipment that was donated Theres a meeting room, an laundry room with shiny new practice rappelling off the back side of the building whenever they want. Its hard to compare, Fire can train, workout, study and re spond all from one location. How can you beat things like that? site in rented space. The tiny lobby holds a special ments members. A section of steel debris from the Twin Towers Center is encased in a memorial Response commissioned the lob the debris created by artist Dee Squartino. serve and use this station to its full potential and serve with pride, said. Dream to reality police station and the underway city hall, was funded through a citizens approved the borrowing project, however, had been on the The project was delivered on time and under budget, architect The city hall project, he said, should be completed within six months. Community Develop budget savings about 5 percent will be returned to the con struction fund. Chief never believed this could happen, Cunningham said, and if you could see the smile on his face right now. For the history books The Maitland Fire Depart as a volunteer department. In the 45 was built on Independence Lane along with the police station west side of the city. The depart ment received accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excel tland residents, but there are typical business day because of all calls for service each year, Schief erdecker said. Today marks a new mile more importantly it is the date the city set the standard for things to come. 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. Take Action for Special PlacesPart of the nations oldest conservation organization, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is an urban environmental Center located in the heart of Maitland. The Center offers a variety of programs and learning opportunities for all age groups.Volunteer Day Events:Feb. 11, 2012. 9AM-12PM Birdhouse BonanzaBuild a birdhouse and learn about creating a wildlife-friendly habitat for your back yard or community.April 15, 2012. 2-5PMCelebrate Earth Day with a Lakeshore Clean up. Join us to clean up Lake Sybelia via foot and canoe. The above events are part of the TogetherGreen initiative. Events are free, you must register. Contact kwarner@audubon.org to register.Annual Baby Owl ShowerMay 12, 2012. 10AM-2PMBring the family to celebrate Mother's Day and spring.1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL Open: Tues-Sun. 10AM-4PM Facebook (check our events) 407-644-0190 PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Maitland reghters raise the American ag at the new Fire Station No. 45 during the dedication ceremony on Nov. 19. Below, Fire Chief Ken Neuhard talks about how the new station is the future of public safety. He had been waiting 12 years for that day. Building the citys future The new $3.8M facility on Packwood is the culmination of 12 years of planning JENNY ANDREASSON Observer Staff

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Page 12 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Family Calendar It wasnt too likely theyd win Florida, let alone become the sec ond best tennis team in the nation. But the self-described motley sional coach or even much prac tice, and a team half the size of competitors and with some of the youngest in the tournament, they did it. Our guys played completely against the odds, Coach Brian Sephton said. area and one from Miami, beat the odds last October to snag second place at the United States Tennis and under intermediate category. across the nation, and were one held in Arizona after winning sec tionals in Daytona. W ork alone, win together But it wasnt easy for the team. The Acers, while all friends and based in the same area, rarely practiced together. Most of their experience playing as a team and with Sephtons guidance was dur ing the three months of matches they played to win Florida. Any time the team was together, it was to win a game. On their own, though, the play ers worked to sharpen their tennis skills. All of them achieved this un der their own steam, Sephton said. Theyre out there on their own. One players mom said she Saffrans friends were having fun, he was on the court. All that discipline paid off, Pat Saffran said. Rough starts the chance at reaching the top felt like it would slip through their always pull forward, even during a three-hour singles game for their olich. It was a seesaw of emotions for The Acers. from us, Sephton said. And see them dig in and turn the game around and win. toughness and physical tough ness, Cecilia Tong, 12, a Lee Mid dle School student said. Friendship is essential For the Acers, though, reaching and being top four was good enough for them the highlight said he barely thought about the competition as he played with doubles partner Ben Sephton, both from Trinity Preparatory School. He only thought about what was happening on the court. Being best friends helps keep things in perspective, and brings some spe cial chemistry to their playing, they said. on the court. Thats what makes this team so special, they all said their friendships on and off the court. Instead of getting separate hotel rooms, the team and their parents all stayed in one big house. Al most like a tennis vacation. sential for a team, said Theressa Tong, 14, from Edgewater High School. Friendship is part of what turns them into a cohesive team, Sephton said. Theres forgiveness when a doubles partner makes a mis take and encouragement when they play well a key, they said. Theyre certainly not a serious bunch, and most of their favorite tennis memories involved the sil liness behind the scenes, not the sweating on the court. Most on the team members have known each other for years, and Sephton has seen them grow as players and as friends to his son Ben. Its really a little bit like watch ing your own kids and friends playing, Sephton said. Theyd love to stay together but Theressa will be too old, so the teams future is unsure. They hope to keep as many players as they can, and move up from the intermediate to advanced compe done it once, the team knows what it takes to get there and is itching for another try. And why not, its their favorite thing to do in the whole world. I just love the sport, said Kaylan Rotman, 14, from Lake Highland Preparatory School. Id die if I didnt play tennis, Theressa said. BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGERWINTER PARK YMCA | 407.644.1509 PEGGY & PHILIP B. CROSBY YMCA | 407.644.3606 JOIN US AT THE Y COME PREVIEW OUR RENOVATED FACILITIES For more information about the United States T ennis Association, visit www.usta.com Learn more PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE OBSERVER Cecilia T ong, Kaylan Rotman, Ben Sephton, Nat Saffran and Theressa T ong pose with their USTA trophy and banner in Winter Park. T ennis aces win against the odds Tennis team beats out 8,000 other teams to place second in the national championships BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Through Wednesday, Feb. 1, cus tomers can visit www.chick-laforbreakfast.com to reserve one free Chick-l-A breakfast en tre to be redeemed on Feb. 2. The Best Friends Pet Care T reat T ruck for Dogs is coming to Win ter Park with free ice cream and cookies for canines. The schedule includes visits to Baldwin and Blue Jacket parks on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 1. For a detailed schedule, visit www. bestfriendspetcare.com/treattruck-tour/ Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie and popcorn on the lawn, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, as Orangewood Church and School in Maitland present Kung Fu Panda 2. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. The event is held at Orangewood Field, located at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. Visit www.orangewoodmovien ight.com The Childrens Art & History F estival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A&Hs Maitland Art Center, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Meet Mr. Waterhouse, a one-man play that takes you back through time to learn about the life of William Waterhouse, is 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in front of the Waterhouse Residence Museum, located at 820 Lake Lily Drive. Both events are part of Arts Fest. Visit Arts FestFl.com and artandhistory.org for ticket information. Hosted by Maitland Community Preschool at Orangewood Presby terian Church, T ouch-A-T ruck is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur day, Feb. 11, at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. in Maitland. Admission is $5 (Family max. $20). Visit www.or angewood.org/touchatruck Maitland Public Library events: Reading Buddies, a reading en hancement program with fun ac tivities for K-2 graders, will hap pen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. LCC Finance will hold a pre sentation titled What you need to know about Social Security at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. LCC will hold a Social Net working Lab at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. LCC Finance will hold a pre sentation titled What you need to know about Social Security, part 2 at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. LCC will have a presentation titled How to Create Poetry, part 2 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. PC Academy will happen at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. LCC Nutrition: Food Choices for Vegetarian, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. LCC Social Networking Lab will be happening at 2 p.m. on Tues day, Jan. 31. Call 407-647-7700 to register. Send submissions to editor@ob servernewspapers.com

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Page 14 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Opinions Should businesses get a pass on their taxes to set up shop in nomic incentives will help or hurt in the long run. will make the county and the city more attractive to businesses that want even more of an excuse to set up shop. And in Orange Countys case, it gives job seekers at least those seeking a living wage something to cheer for. The stipulations behind Or ange Countys proposal are much optimistic for the countys future employees. It would give prop erty tax breaks to businesses that cases at least 25 above-average wage full-time jobs. Maitlands proposal has no nesses create good-paying jobs. seek out aerospace, information technology and other high-tech businesses that would hire at middle-class wages or better, jobs created in Maitland could be as low paying as a part-time entrylevel scooper at a frozen yogurt shop. That seems an odd over sight on Maitlands part consider Orange County about the terms of its incentive program. But what Maitland has in its pocket is a willingness to offer incentives to businesses that sim ply move into empty storefronts, thereby improving the look and economic vitality of the citys downtown area. The implication of the citys broader incentive plan: no business will be too big or too small to be considered. desperately seeking new growth. Orange County would only give breaks to businesses that cre ate new buildings, making it a tougher sell for young businesses that are strapped for startup cash. For those looking at the broader view of how such a plan would work in a depressed economy, the Orange County plan again looks better. Theres no guarantee that local custom ers would be knocking down the door of the hypothetical frozen yogurt shop simply because it opened its doors down the street. In our dragging economic downturn, people have just as little extra cash as they had the store opens doesnt mean nearby residents can suddenly afford to shop there. But Orange County would incentivize businesses that make from sales outside of Florida. Thats money that otherwise would have stayed outside the state, but would now be pulled into the local economy. Maitlands plan, absent more rather than being pulled in from outside. is a blank slate on which to draft its economic future. It also puts a lot of trust in the hands of the City Council, which will have carte blanche to offer incentives to whatever business it pleases. That leaves the door wide tween Council members and their friends. That could only manifest itself if a Council member were powerful enough to convince enough of the Council to vote for may not suspect this Council of being so devious, a future Coun cil could be. In Orange County, that sort of political hanky panky off. Does Maitland need more business to help keep its econ needs safeguards to make sure that new businesses in the area grow valuable jobs, not just any jobs, and to ensure future Coun cils dont make strange bedfel lows with new businesses. Our Observation Citizen input belongs at regular meetings using the system of separate workshops and commission meetings advocated by Commissioner Carolyn Cooper. There is no reason why the Commission should have separate meetings to discuss issues All items can be discussed with citizens input at regular Commission meetings. larly scheduled workshops that I partici allowed. The purpose of these workshops was to discuss items that would show up on the Commission's agenda the next day. All this discussion can occur at regularly scheduled Commission meetings without sonable explanation from the mayor as to why there is no need for separate work shops. After all, being a commissioner or have other lives outside their duties as will not result in more citizen input, just more grandstanding and delays in making important decisions. Commissioner Coo per is well aware of this strategy. Peter K. Gottfried Former Winter Park commissioner Land swap pulls a fast one on Winter Parks citizens referred to the Progress Point/State Of Ken Bradley pointedly referred to it as an exchange, as though adding a syllable it was in reality was a land grab, pulling a The Progress Point property is an oddly triangle-shaped piece of land bifur cated by, not just a mainline railroad track, but also a road, located at Orange Avenue, Denning Drive and Palmetto Avenue. For many years this property lan guished. Even the most creative develop this odd piece of land. Then, they got very creative and hit upon a solution; they could swap their boondoggle piece Building located on Morse Boulevard, the gateway to Park Avenue. The city's most valuable piece of land. Early appraisals, including the one by the Orange County Property Appraisers value of the two properties. That wouldn't do, so the developer got another ap praisal. It was still like putting a size-12 woman into a size-2 dress. Therefore, at this point the representatives from both joined hands and walked to yet a third to just perform a Restricted Use Appraisal. This is an appraisal of opinion only, un praiser's performance at the Commission meeting was dazzling. The mayor and Commissioners Steven Leary and Sarah Sprinkel nodded their heads in approval and smiled. Commissioner Leary then enthusiastically came up with the idea to abandon the road that runs through the Progress Point property, called Palmetto Progress Point value. Trouble is, nobody bothered telling the business owners on Palmetto that their access would be cut off. They came and objected at the Com mission meeting and even Commissioner Sprinkel said, it appears we got the cart before the horse. Rather than take a breather and re-group, the Palmetto aban donment was struck from the deal and the mayor immediately called for the vote. It At no time did the mayor or his two commissioners consider the outrage of the citizens, who screamed foul. They then counted on the holidays to blunt our memories. and consequently my vote will be for and supports the value of citizen input. David Akins Winter Park Buck the establishment, vote for Newt Gingrich on Election Day Dont listen to the Republican estab Its the group of folks that picked Rich 1988 as a born-again conservative, they quickly convinced him to abandon his newfound philosophy for establishmen tarianism, where one can worship at the altar of raising taxes for all manner of ills. So other than a quarter-century of opposing Ronald Reagan, the Republican establishment also gave us Bill Clinton in 1992. Familiarity breeds Ross Perot, as they say. In Florida, the GOP establishment con vinced Bob Martinez to push for a services tax, which turned him into a one-term lie Crist, the Mel Martinez/George Le Granted, the establishment also gave us George OLeary gave us Matt Prater, or the establishment wants you to vote for Mitt Romney. In a word, why? Romney cant even articulate why you should vote for Romney. Establishment derives from an old French word that means to cause to lishment has racked up a $15 trillion debt and laid America prostrate to Chinese the kind of problems that will be resolved by standing still. tion. Keynesianism, debt and cultural decay are the establishment. Hayek, free enterprise and American exceptionalism is the revolution. The bureaucracy that sur life-blood of this country, and it is perme ated by establishment Republicans and among their ranks until recently, but at least he had the good sense to understand that Paris is well worth a Mass. Being in the wilderness for a few years will do that to you. disliked by the establishment, and there the result of his debate performances, big ideas and the voters. Romneys power is ing for their federal sinecures. Of all the candidates for president, including the President Obama represents the accel erated decline of America into a sclerotic and bankrupt social welfare state, despite the fact that Europes version of this is dy ing before our very eyes. Mitt Romneys tenure in Massachusetts illustrates that he will do nothing to reverse this, only manage the decline with a businessmans understands that decline is a choice. Take a look at your family and ask yourself this, which candidate is willing to yet, which candidate even understands what American exceptionalism is? Disregard the establishment, the press Bryan Stewart Winter Park Incentive program is tax break roulette Maitlands program leaves the door wide open for conflicts of interest between Council members and their friends. My vote will be for Nancy Miles, who understands, respects and supports the value of citizen input. David Akins I heard a reasonable explanation from the mayor as to why there is no need for separate workshops. Peter K. Gottfried Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 15 Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer of Florida encourages all citizens this year's three elections. The GOP Presidential Preference Pri To make sure voters are as informed as possible about the process, the League offers these voting tips: What happens on Election Day if my residential address is out-ofdate? one county to another, and who have not updated their address with their Supervisor of Elec tions, could be handed a provi sional ballot at the polls under can change your address by simply calling your Supervisor of Elections before you get to the polls. I have heard that vote-by-mail ballots are not counted unless the election is close. Is that true? False! counted. By Florida law, supervi sors can begin tabulating voteby-mail ballots 15 days before are not actually counted until after 7 p.m. on Election Day. Where do I vote if I have been forced out of my home due to fore closure? The law states that you must vote in the precinct where you foreclosure situation have several options: any voter can vote early at one of several designated early voting sites in their county. There are no assigned precincts for early voting. In addition, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot by calling your local supervi sor. The most practical option is to contact your supervisor and update your residential address before Election Day so that is this by phone. Then go to your assigned precinct for your new address on Election Day. Update your voter status! The League encourages Flori da voters to be ready for all three has made it easy. The League encourages voters to take action: update your voter record for ad dress changes, name changes and updates to vote-by-mail ballot It's democracy made easy! Charley Williams is a Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of Florida and a Winter Park resident. Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Hes a clown, that Charlie Brown (Newt Gingrich?) Hes gonna get caught Just you wait and see (Whys everybody always pickin on me?) The Coasters eral media elite! stood goodol boys and their big-haired women. Confederate crackers through and through. Moon pies and moonshine. feel belittled, bedeviled and besieged. They get no respect for their tradition. Their way of life. Their religion. Or their men once died so slavery might endure. card during last weeks South Carolina Republican debate and the attending crowd poor besieged dears ate it up. They rose to their feet and hooted who do those media elite think they are? Condescending, intolerant bigots! Home of the Republican Party! Exactly! Home of the Republican Party. Lets It, the remnants of the Confederacy, years, the Souths black citizens were marginalized, exploited, terrorized and hung from trees like sides of beef. The Democrat Party, which ruled the South, willingly participated (led) in this violent injustice and resisted any attempts at desegregation. In 1948 Southern Demo crats began exiting the party because of a civil rights platform plank adopted by the Democrat Party. The Dixiecrats were observed, Ive lost the South for the Democrats. In 1972, Republican President Richard The Southern Strategy. It was designed to aggressively win over disaffected Southern Democrats to the Republican Party. Disgruntled over giving civil rights (Horrors! Equal rights!) to blacks, fearful of lawlessness, and resentful of the per ceived government overreach, Southern and resurrected the holy banner of states rights. date Ronald Reagan traveled to Philadel receiving the Republican nomination. There he gave his now famous States Republican presidential candidate play ing the race card, pursuing the Southern Strategy, by characterizing President Obama as the Food stamp president, a not-so-veiled slam against black Ameri described Obama as displaying Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior. Heres a break down for you who are code ignorant: Kenyan = Africa = Black = Obama = UnSouthern dawg! So as our South Carolinian Republi feigned outrage at the elite media for having the temerity to ask him to com ment on his second wifes assertion that nation of discrimination and bias. And all those put-upon southerners jumped from their seats and they may as well have All I can say is, know your history and check the histrionics. 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 History and histrionics Remembrance of a town past Park furnishes one an endless supply of memories. I remember lots of individual people among the snakes, frogs, turtles and al ligators that shared the towns real estate and lakes with me. Fleet Peeples, my scoutmaster, Rol lins aquatics professor and motorcycle daredevil, was a prominent actor on the A majority of the local citizenry in people whom most Florida kids rudely Little did I know then that I would go and see a lot of the wide world as a naval are both my daughters who live in Con necticut. My own favorite spot on Earth is in however, certain circumstances, as well Park, a town well suited for both kids and the elderly. In this town the lakes may not they once did. Also, although we all used shore, hardly anyone does this swimming these days, except in swimming pools. landscape, home to the denizens of a tropical forest, are now beautiful lakefront plants. were paved with loose brick, which al lowed the torrential summer rainwater into the water table. For that reason, as I England, we heard, placed the enormous beautiful oaks that lined our downtown streets there. Rollins College and its colorful Presi dent Hamilton Holt were an unusual local phenomenon. Dr. Holt met me at the end of one of the long wooden docks that chided me by saying, So you are going to Harvard, eh? me a full scholarship. Shame. he said, I could have gotten But which is the greater university? I Dr. Holt had a prodigious collection of stamps, a section of which he once lent to President Franklin Roosevelt and reportedly never got back. The Rollins campus was replete with shiny new convertibles, which the wealth ier students seemed to feel compelled to bring to college with them. Rollins had All Rollins students, faculty and their families were free to use The Pelican, which had fresh water showers outside. provided by Rollins. (Bring your own bedclothes.) Almost annually, Sir Malcolm Camp bell set world speed records with his racecars on nearby Daytona Beach. Rol lins had a football team in those days, a off Rollins shore. About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Rollins College and its colorful President Hamilton Holt were an unusual local phenomenon. Be ready for Election Day CHARLEY WILLIAMS Guest Writer I D I SAGREE. EARLY VOT I NG I S OVER E I GHT DAYS (JAN. 21-28), N I NE HOURS PER DAY. TWO SATURDAYS, ONE SUNDAY AND I F YOU M I SS THOSE DAYS AND YOURE AN ABSENTEE VOTER, YOU CAN SHOW UP AT THE SUPERV I SOR OF ELECT I ONS ON SUNDAY, JAN. 29, TO VOTE ABSENTEE. OR YOU CAN SHOW UP ON ELECT I ON DAY WHEN POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 7 A.M. UNT I L THE LAST VOTER I N L I NE HAS VOTED. IF YOU CANT MAKE I T DUR I NG TH I S T I ME, ALL THE EARLY VOT I NG I N THE WORLD WONT HELP. PI TT WARNER YAY, WE GET OUR NE I GHBORHOOD BACK! BUT WONDERFUL TO SEE A BUS I NESS FLOUR I SH I NG I N THESE TOUGH T I MES :) JANET CROMB I E BENGE Heres what readers had to say about F loridas election laws are slipping backward and 4 Rivers lays out plans published on Jan. 19: Re: F loridas election laws are slipping backward Re: 4 Rivers lays out plans

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