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The ground started to rum ble again in the past few weeks along the tracks in Winter Park and Maitland. But it wasnt a mile-long freight train rolling through town. The tracks, long ribbons of steel spanning the length of a handful of train cars, were coming to be laid down for SunRail. The track beds are being smoothed out. Station In the past few weeks a sign shot up in front of the recently Maitland advertising that a new train was on the way. Now tral Florida. problems so small they might not be able to be seen, but that could keep passengers comfort able. Maintenance work began Monday on nearly seven miles of rail starting at the Orlando Amtrak Station and moving Maitland. Theyre doing slight adjust ments to the track to make it more rideable, Florida Depart ment of Transportation spokes woman April Heller said. You Two non-resident architects are more important to the mayor than the 13 citizens who stayed to the bitter end. Page 12 Letters to the editor Lifestyles Two sisters were born with a rare and fatal genetic disorder, but were cured by cord and bone marrow transplants. Page 9 News Lighthouse Central Florida offers a glimpse into the life of the visually impaired with Dining in the Dark. Page 3 Calendar Three local poets will be featured along with a musical act at Casa Felizs Parlor Series on Thursday. Page 10 451 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 OBSERVER EXCLUSIVE Columnist Clyde Moore interviews Tiffany Deli owner Bobby Simmons While Brandywines Deli is now gone, what will replace it may be an even greater testament to this community, all who LUV it, and the amazing resource Winter Park has in such tremendous supply: citizens who take action. I sat down with Bobby Simmons, of Simmons Jewelers, who will be reopening the beloved eatery as Tiffany Deli with a celebration on Friday, June 1. Hear all about how a chance encounter with Brandywines former landlord led him to this new venture and his plans for the space. Please see Page 12 ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Work starts on railroad ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER FDOT made its second delivery of 13 miles of rail for the Central Florida Commuter Rail Corridor in March. Each rail section was 1,650 feet long and weighed 31 tons. PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER More than 500 people and 225 dogs participated in the WinterParkLostPets.coms inaugural Winter Park Dog Walk on Saturday, May 19, at Cady Way Trail in Winter Park. There was also one adoption and numerous dogs were taken in by foster families. All the proceeds $6,500 and counting benet The Lost Pets Foundation. Visit www.winterparklostpets.com Winter Park and Maitland ready plans for SunRail stations Please see SUNRAIL on page 2 Taking a walk to support lost pets
Page 2 I dont believe the average person would be able to see that. Its all being done in concert with secondary tracks being laid and foundations being poured for SunRail stations along the 61.5mile track. Its all happening simultane ously, Heller said. Were doing what we can when we can. In Winter Park, designs for a SunRail station that would incor porate an Amtrak station are now longstanding train station with the more-modern commuter train. Its both aesthetically beauti ful and easy to use, Mayor Ken ity of getting to Park Avenue will be very convenient. Getting riders to and from the station is a top priority in Mai tland, Mayor Howard Schiefer decker said. The city is working to take SunRail riders to key loca tions in the city. ter is a huge stop, Schieferdecker park is a huge consideration. He said he hoped that with SunRail and Maitlands connec able to jump the gun on improve ments to Interstate 4, which will be coming after the SunRail sys tem comes online. Theyre being very smart in that, waiting until after SunRail is in operation so people can try that Bradley said Winter Park is also working on improving how SunRail will connect travelers, not only for those who visit Park Avenue, but for potential SunRail riders who would drive in to the city to ride the rails elsewhere. That includes working to add more parking in the area. But he to be more of a destination than an embarkation point. the project getting on track. Its thrilling to see an idea thats now been funded to become reality, Bradley said. Were liv ing in an age that decades from now well look back and think a part of it all. This is a great thing (407) 514-0087 3.05% Certain restrictions apply. Rates may vary depending on deposit amount. We broker CDs for FDIC insured banks. Promotional incentive may be included to obtain yield.w w w .oldhar bor f inancial .c om Old Harbor FINANCIAL12 Mon t h CDAlso oer IRA Specials & free 401k ReviewsAPYHigher Rates for Longer Term Find I LUV Winter Park merchandise and local art at The Attic @ Down East Andrea Kudlacz Barefoot Wine barre 54 BKHM, CPAs CCH Marketing & Events, Inc. Ted B. Edwards Engel & Voelkers of Winter Park Florida International Piano Competition Florida's Finest Linen Service Gladdening Light, Inc. Hospice of the Comforter Jeremiah's Italian Ice Wayne Kalish Keke's Breakfast Cafe Vicki Krueger Kirk Munnell Olive Garden Palmano's Roastery & Espresso Bar Panera Bread on Aloma Avenue Sprint Nextel Corp. Sultre Boutique Sysco Central Florida TalentKeepers The Bar Method Exercise Studio Thorne & Storey, PA UCF Alumni Relations Peter J. Weldon Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network Cancer Centers of Florida Central Kitchen and Bath Dorothea M. Fox, CPA Florida Theatrical Association Johnny Mag Sax Music Services Thread Welbourne Avenue Nursery, Inc. Winter Park Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clifford P. Clark, III Employment Technologies Corporation Hangers Cleaners Enzian Theater Orlando Sentinel Communications TD Bank Choices Counseling Center Ferrell Realty, Inc. Heart of Florida United Way Junior League of Greater Orlando Swann, Hadley, Stump, Dietrich & Spears, P.A. Antonio's Ristorante and Market & Caf AT&T Averett Warmus Durkee Ospburn Henning CPAs Reynolds & Co. Jewelers University Club of Winter Park Denotes Park Avenue Area Association membership Maintenance work began Monday on nearly seven miles of rail starting at the Orlando Amtrak Station and moving north toward Lake Avenue in Maitland. The work is scheduled to occur between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will continue during the next several weeks. Contact 407-3123481 or email@example.com with any questions. SUNRAIL | Maitland and Winter Park are working with Lynx to ensure connectivity for future SunRail riders C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter" PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER An Amtrak passenger train makes its way into the Central Park station. Winter Parks new station design will incorporate the Amtrak station.
Page 3 glimpse into the life of the visually im paired with their event Dining in the Dark. Its a meal in total darkness that promises great food for a great cause in a whole new light. It will take place at the Maitland Homebuilders Association from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, with catering from Tollas in Winter Park. I sat down with Nasehi, who hopes the event will bring importantly, new friends. Observer: started in 1976 with a mission to bring hope and independence to those in need. How far have you come in achieving your mission? Nasehi: I think were doing a great job. Our updated mission statement is chart ing a course for living, learning and earn ing and with vision loss. That last piece our strategic plan to not just provide the education and rehabilitation services, but also to help people with vision loss get em ployed. Observer: How many people do you think youve helped? Nasehi: Over 100,000. We serve 700 or 800 visually impaired every year, but then we help their families, employers and friends, so were touching a lot more people every time that happens. Observer: What types of skills are taught to those visually impaired? Nasehi: We teach them skills that they travel safely using a cane, helping them how to use accessible technology. We teach them how to be able to interface and do anything. Observer: How important is it for the vi Nasehi: Most of the people that come to us have had vision all their life, but as they get older, they lose their vision. If you your doctor tells you that youre going to lose you vision, you start thinking horrible things. Im a parent of a child who is blind too, and this program saved my life. We change peoples lives because they come here, and they see that losing your sight is not the end of your life. You have to learn ple who receive professional services can still go on with their lives. Observer: How did Dining in the Dark get started? 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Dining in the Dark: no lights, no problem For more information about Lighthouse Central Florida and its Dining in the Dark event, located at 215 New Hampshire St. in Orlando, call 407-898-2483 or visit www.lighthousecentralorida.org LAUREN STORCH Observer Staff
Page 4 Business Briefs Community Bulletin Maintenance begins in Winter Park/Maitland The Florida Department of Transporta tion (FDOT) began maintenance work Monday on nearly seven miles of rail starting at the Orlando Amtrak Station and moving north toward Lake Avenue in Maitland. The work is scheduled to oc cur between 1-9 a.m. and will continue during the next several weeks. Crews will use a tamping machine to correct the alignment of the rails to make them parallel and level, in order to achieve a more comfortable ride for passengers. A tamping machine is used to pack (or tamp) the track ballast under railway tracks to make the tracks more durable. Contact 407-312-3481 or mike@sunrail. com with any questions. Winter Park recognized for staying healthy The city of Winter Park has been recog nized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Com pany by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and become more active. Winter Park joins the growing list of organizations that are taking steps to decrease health care expenses and increase productivity. Ac cording to City Manager Randy Knight, Our employee wellness program is an important priority in Winter Park. We are committed to providing our city family with the best opportunities possible to improve their health and tness. Visit www.startwalkingnow.org College students from area graduate Gerald Tuck, from Winter Park, received a master of arts in global and international studies from University of Kansas. Gus Pacheco of Maitland graduated from Berry College with a bachelors de gree in psychology. Koral Elyse Fusselman of Winter Park received the juris doctor degree on Sat urday, May 5, from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Register for hospice volunteer training There will be hospice volunteer training in Orlando at the Cornerstone Hospice Ofce, 8009 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, and Friday, June 29. Call the volun teer specialist Melissa Cruz to pre-reg ister at 407-256-2033 or the manager Lisa Gray 352-742-6806. League encourages women to vote League of Women Voters of Florida wants to remind voters that there are only 60 days left to register to vote in the Aug. 14 primary election. The deadline to regis ter is July 16, and the league has been active in encouraging eligible voters to prepare for the upcoming August and November elections. In addition to its Be Ready to Vote website, LWVF has also partnered with Microsoft to offer smart phone users a quick way to connect to their supervisors ofce. The league has created a smartphone tag that, when scanned, connects voters to a mobile website where they can contact their supervisor to check their voter status. For more information about the upcom ing elections and voter registration, visit www.BeReadyToVote.org. For Spanish speakers, visit www.VamosAVotar.org Call for artists extended The Art on the Green 2012 call for art ists deadline has been extended to Fri day, June 1. Art on the Green is a juried exhibition of eight sculptures in down town Winter Park. Visit cityofwinterpark. org and click on the Art on the Green button. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com Rhonda Loft, president of Van son Enterprises Inc., was honored May 17 as one of Leadership Winter Parks Class XXII graduates. As an active member of her community, Loft contributed professional experience to Leadership Winter Park, acting as proj ect manager during exercises and train ings. The International law rm Green berg Traurig, P.A. has announced that attorney Julio Aponte has joined the Central Florida Partnerships 2012 Central Florida Young Profession als Advisory Council (YPAC). Professor of Psychology Robert Smither has been named dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Rollins College. Dr. Smither has been acting as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since 2011. During his year-long tenure, he performed managerial duties including oversight of curriculum, faculty recruit ment, evaluation and development. NAI Realvest in Maitland recently nego tiated a new expansion lease agreement with Bealls Outlet store for 20,000 square feet of retail space at Kissimmee Shop ping Center, located off U.S. Highway 192 at 2557 Old Vineland Road. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida announced that Executive Direc tor Autumn Ames was appointed to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture by Dean Cannon, speaker of the House. She lls the seat formally held by Margot H. Knight, and will continue serving her term until December. Bobby Kuykendall, executive vice presi dent and shareholder of Kuykendall Gard ner, a Winter Park-based independent insurance brokerage rm, was recently installed as the 36th president of Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports). He has been a member of FCSports for 33 years and will serve as president for one year, followed by a one-year term as chairman. Lynne Strynchuk, CFP of Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo in Maitland, was one of 12 experts recruited by the CFP Board for a meeting to review, rene and replace potential questions for the July 2012 CFP Certication exam. Loft Aponte Summer program aids homeless children Fifth Third Banks Central Florida ofcials marked the one-year anniversary of the Summer of Dreams, a 10-week summer program providing food, activities, supervision, and school supplies to homeless students, and nancial counsel ing for their parents. After serving 1,078 students in Orange County in 2011, supporters gathered to kick off the expanded 2012 program now available to homeless students in Seminole and Osceola counties. Jazzmine Rivera (pic tured), an Orange County seventh-grader and past Summer of Dreams par ticipant, spoke about her situation and how the camp impacted her. Students sponsored through the program are integrated into one of 36 pre-existing camp locations and given access to extra resources, such as weekend food packs and a backpack of school supplies. Currently, funding has been secured for 710 homeless children for the entire summer. The cost of the program is $3.72 per student, per day or $186 per child for up to 10 weeks. Visit www. TheSummerofDreams.com or call 407-657-4818. Contest offers Winter Park couple a chance to win storybook wedding Vote for Winter Park couple DeCarlos Hill and Astride Bellavoix in ESSENCE magazines rst Storybook Wedding Contest. Six princes chosen from more than 200 entries are competing for a romantic storybook wedding. Log on to ESSENCE.com/storybook to watch videos and photos of each surprise proposal and to vote for your favorite couple. Voting continues through June 10. Luncheon shows programs benets New Hope for Kids hosted a luncheon Friday, May 11, to showcase the benets of the grief and wish program at the Center for Grieving Children in Maitland. Pictured from left to right are state attorney candidate Jeff Ashton, Maitland Library Director Ellen Schellhause, Maitland Chamber President Maria Sim mons, Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker and Ashtons campaign man ager, Susan Clary.
Page 5 rfn tfbfrf rfnntbttfrfntbbfntfbtttftftrtbt rtttf f ff n fff rt tt Cremation with remembrance.Introducing the newest Tranquil Oaks Cremation Garden at Baldwin-Fairchild Glen Haven.This exceptional garden area is lled with personal and lasting options for families and individuals choosing cremation. Glen Haven Memorial Park STEIFor a COMPLIMENTARY TOUR OR INFORMATION, call (877) 530-6257 or visit BaldwinFairchildCremations.com. at Baldwin-Fairchild Advance-planning options now available.Oaklawn Park Cemetery Offering the Simplicity Plan Whats your story? Are you in the midst of a makeover, startover, starting out or stressed out? Perhaps you have all the trappings of success but feel trapped and empty? Then again, you may be on the other side of a monumental trial, and youre what Henri Nouwen called a wounded healer, a person who seeks to pass along to oth ers their life lessons and wisdom. We long to make a but we also have bills to pay. Therein lies the conundrum at the root of creating starving artists and the money-driven. Those vacillating somewhere in the middle of these extremes get snared in Thoreaus observation, The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Is there a better way where we can gain the world and preserve our soul? Yes. It is the On-Purpose Approach. The crux of it begins by seeking to know your two-word purpose state ment, and then aligning your life with your purpose, so youre onRecently, we surveyed more than 200 people. Of the respon dents, 87 percent said they didnt have a useful purpose, vision or mission statement for their life, and 46 percent estimated their dollar cost of not having one was $1 million or more. inauthenticity as being so high, why dont more of us have writ ten personal purpose, vision or mission statements? Here are three of the reasons why: frightening and disheartening to reconcile our present realities compared to our dreams. Sweep ing the discontent under the rug may appease the moment, but it denies who we are. you tried writing those before and all you got was a string of tion to your day-to-day deci sions. What a waste of time! wouldnt bake a cake without a recipe so why write your purpose and plan without standards and a proven methodol ogy? Of course, you dont know where to start. This isnt your expertise. When I began this work in earnest 25 years ago, I set out to help my business advi sory clients to make more strategic business decisions as leaders. Before this work, their business deci sions had little regard for their personal lives and values. Organizing their workplace was easier to do compared to their personal lives; so thats what they did. They had busi ness plans, but not life plans. None intended to place their business or themselves at strate gic disadvantages, yet they did. Their personal and business costs were extraordinary. I reasoned that if I they had a personal life plan, then that would provide both context and direction for the running of their business, too. On-purpose per sons are more likely to become on-purpose businesspersons who operate on-purpose businesses. The typical byproduct of a better life was better business perfor mance. Voila! The On-Purpose Approach to life was birthed in the 1980s. Today, thanks to hundreds of thousands of readers, numer ous workshops, many clients, worldwide speaking engage ments, personal coaching, and, still, advising business leaders, the On-Purpose Approach has matured and so have I! able and easy-to-do process that creates predictable results. As always, the largest variable in the process is the person going through it. So what do you do when your life isnt going as you had hoped? Ponder why you were put on the planet your purpose. Then consider where you would like your life to go your vision. Next, write what you need to do to make it hap write down what truly matters to guide your decisions your values. Youre on your way to knowing yourself and being an on-purpose person in creation. Be on-purpose! Kevin W. McCarthy lives and works in Winter Park. The On-Purpose Person has sales of more than 200,000 print copies. For ve days in late April the book was on Kindle free. Thanks to more than 32,500 downloads, the book quickly shot to the No.1 non-ction rank. Visit 2wordpurpose.com to watch the 30-minute replay of The POWER of Your Two-Word Purpose Statement. Learn more about leading your life at kevinwmccarthy.com What to do when life isnt working KEVIN W. MCCARTHY Guest Writer Kevin W. McCarthy
Page 6 Picture this schools out for summer, but not for four unlucky students who dont know much about history they have to retake the class in summer school. child has arranged for them to help her two aunts and members of the Historical Society set up a new wax museum in Cultully as a class project. Though the students eyes glaze over with boredom, theres a twinkle in the rious incantation from the back of Cleopatras bracelet brings them himself smitten with Cleopatra, making his queen, Anne Boleyn, furious. If she can just not lose her head, Anne will have John Adams to serve as her divorce attorney! When Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Blackmole and her bevy of lady pirates show up, everybodys out for one thing treasure! Supposedly, theres a mighty valuable one hidden in the museum! Its a wild goose museum landlord and her bum bling daughters joining in the mad search. And why is Lizzie Borden lurking in the shadows, since the aunts say they never The magic of history comes alive in this sixth spring musical production from Jewish Academy ment. The play, Night at the Wax Museum, is the departments most-challenging production to date, and it will have its curtain call on Thursday, May 24, at the Center in Sanford. Reba Gor don, the departments director/ producer, is astonished and overjoyed with the growth of the program. Its amazing to me to think that six years ago we started with a tiny cast on the cozy stage in the JCC auditorium. Now, we have nearly 30 cast members who are performing in full costumes, and we are using real sets, on a truly professional stage, in a theater that hosts a myriad of stage entertainment in the area. The cast is made up of through eighth-grades at the school, but the talent doesnt stop there. Other grade levels wanted to be involved in the production, so Gordon answered their pleas. Now, the fourth-graders serve as the shows chorus and are under the direction of Eric Levine, the departments musical director. The schools third-grade stu dents also treat the audience to a show-stopping acrobatic/dance preshow under the direction of Joanne Kay, one of the schools physical education teachers. In addition to the talent and directors, the show couldnt go the volunteers who do everything from set building to planning the cast party. Just like everything at Jewish Academy, the show is a We invite the community to join us for this Broadwaycaliber performance at the Center and support the areas only Kindergarten-eighth grade the ticket sales will be donated Central Floridas Largest Fine Arts Gallery1143 Orange Avenue Winter Park 407-622-0102 www.FredlundGallery.comWe offer: NEW LOCATION! Fredlund Fine Arts PHOTO COURTESY OF JEWISH ACADEMY OF ORLANDO Actresses Maggie Thomas Arielle Cohen, Danielle Benghiat, Michelle Hajdenberg and Yas meen Siminou show off their costumes for the May 24 Night at the Wax Museum musical. PHOTO BY REBECCA MALES THE OBSERVER Special guest cellist Norma Huff was featured in The Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppe during the Maitland Symphony Orchestras spring concert on Sunday, May 20. The magic of history comes alive in Night at the Wax Museum DORI GERBER Guest Writer The Jewish Academy of Orlandos Fine Arts Department presents the musical Night at the Wax Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Tickets are available at $15, $25 and $50. Call 407-647-0713. Fairytale evening
Page 7 May 28 City Commission meeting canceled day, the Monday, May 28, City Commission meeting has been canceled. City Hall closed Monday, May 28, in observance bage, yard trash and recycling col lection services will not be provid ed by Waste Pro. Normal services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day. On be half of the city of Winter Park, warmest wishes to everyone for weekend. Hurricane season is approaching The city would like to remind you to be prepared for the upcom ing hurricane season by following the steps below to keep you, your family and property safe. Step 1: Assemble an emergency preparedness kit and to-go bag Step 2: Prepare your family, home & business Step 3: Stay informed Online resources gency Management org/facebook Twitter: twitter.com/Winter Important resources Non-emergency Information Line (Goes live upon Emergency Operations Center activation) 407-599-3494 Emergency Information Email (Goes live upon Emergency Operations Center activation) MessageCenter@cityofwinter park.org Electric Utility Power Outages 1-877-811-8700 Water & Wastewater Utility Outages 407-599-3219 Sign up for OUTREACH messages OUTREACH is the citys emer uses todays technology to send weather conditions, boil water alerts, power restoration status and hurricane/tornado warnings directly to you. Upon hearing the tornado siren, you should tune to information. In addition to out door warning sirens throughout Winter Park, OUTREACH will Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Open for business rfr rfntb bfbb b bttfn bf t bfbf bt r f fbfbtbfbfb rf f fbbtfbbtrfnr On May 14, the city of Maitland achieved two major milestones: 1. Completing the upgrading of the design standards for our 2. Rezoning of the downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) creating a single, more de district. This process took more than 16 months and was achieved through countless meetings that included our citizens, stakehold ers, architects, engineers, city Council. Along with the stream lining of our permitting process that was achieved last year, Mai Business. These milestones are essential for Maitlands future. They make it more inviting for quality devel opment and redevelopment to oc cur in our downtown CRA area by: happen on a much more timely basis. projects with incentives and bo nuses. In contrast to the past, with this new code in place new proj ects are made more economi cally feasible and, therefore, more achievable. The sites within our down town CRA that developers are presently proposing Projects for from north to south are as follows: from the Mercedes dealership west of 17-92 where the SunRail Station is presently being built. Publix bounded by Sybelia Park way to the north and east, George Avenue to the south and 17-92 to the west. bounded by George Avenue to the north, Horatio Avenue to the south, 17-92 to the east and Mait land Avenue to the west. by Horatio Avenue to the north, Packwood Avenue to the south, 17-92 to the east and Indepen dence Lane to the west where the are located. bounded by Horatio Avenue to the north, our Municipal City Park to the south, Independence Lane to the east and Maitland Av enue to the west where our pres ent City Hall is located, which will be demolished when our new These and other future projects are very important to our city for the following reasons: to help put our citizens back to work. our tax base, which will in turn increase our tax revenue that has been steadily declining due to the economic downturn. thing that it has been working to ward for many years, the creation of a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant, new downtown. Many people have worked tire lessly to create these new design standards and the new uniform downtown CRA property zon and I want to express my sincere appreciation and thank everyone involved for a job well done. We can now move forward with con velopment and redevelopment in our city. This is vitally important for Maitlands future prosperity. notify residents and business owners of impending emergen cies via their home phones, cell phones and/or email. To sign up, please log on to cityofwinterpark. org click on the OUTREACH but ton, and follow the sign-up in structions. The city can then keep you immediately informed of any major emergency situations that may impact you, your business and your neighbors. For sale: ofcial city ags at the newly renovated Winter Park Country Club & Golf Course ProShop, located at 761 Old Eng round of golf and enjoy Winter Park at its best. CoffeeTalk begins June 8 has become the place to be for citi zens who have a latte beans to grind or simply want to espres so their thoughts. The purpose of opportunity to talk to their city leaders in a more casual, informal environment and avoid the stage fright that is often experienced at large meetings. Below is the schedule for the Bradley in conjunction with the Winter Park Chamber of Com merces Good Morning Winter Park ager Randy Knight Mayor Steven Leary sioner Sarah Sprinkel sioner Carolyn Cooper sioner Tom McMacken held at 8 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Please mark your cal endars for a cup of conversation Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
Page 8 New spring inventory has arrived including mens Camp shirts, shorts, pants, swimwear, and much more from sizes Small to XX Large. Championship Saturday end ed with slumped shoulders, but Knights still have a reason to hold their heads high: They nearly beat the No. 5 team in the nation to end the season with a championship. They came one game short. But that game was one of continuing frustration for the Knights, who fought early to hold onto parity with a Rice teams hot degree. Only once did the Knights manage a hit while a runner was on base. They left a dozen strand ed after innings started strongly. In two straight innings, trailing 4-1, the Knights put two runners on base with an out or less, only to watch the inning collapse instant ly with quick double plays. That took the wind out of the Knights sails in situations when they usually found a di way through the Owls brick wall defense, picking up both of his teams two RBI. But it wouldnt be enough to stop the red hot Owls, who won 5-2. The season isnt nearly over for the Knights, who enter the Con ference USA Tournament with not only the best record in their pod, but a shot at revenge. If they can take on the winner of the other pod in the C-USA tourney, likely Rice. The Tournament starts Thurs day in Pearl, Miss. Game 1 will day against UAB, then at 4 p.m. at noon Saturday against Tulane. The Knights have wins against all three of those teams this season. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Bryan Brown gave up just two runs in nearly seven innings, but it wasnt enough to stie the Rice Owls, who beat the UCF Knights 5-2 to take the regular season championship. Tournament awaits UCF ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff UCF Knights baseball (41-14) Next game vs. UAB in Pearl, Miss. INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF Thursday, May 24, 7:30 PMREGAL WINTER PARKVisit www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter the code: WPMOU7WM IN THEATERS MAY 25www.meninblack.com This lm is rated PG-13. Passes are good for two complimentary admissions. You must have a pass to attend. Seating is on a rst-come, rst-served basis and is not guaranteed. Supplies are limited and available only while supplies last. No purchase necessary.
Page 9 Lifestyles Theres one day that the Colo family will never forget, and it began a timeline for them marked not by happy milestones, but by medical treatments trying to save both of their baby daughters. Jan. 22, 2008, was the day 5-monthlater she was in an ICU in a coma, months later she was on her way to get a transplant. To me, when she was at the hospital, I saw a dead kid there was no movement, her father, Jacob Colo, said. It was just the machines that show you she has life thats it. netic immune disorder that is rap idly fatal. Its symptoms normally appear, like with Majana, when the immune system launches an exaggerated attack on an infec tion. Tests revealed the disorder, and the only way she could be saved was by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. While her father was a partial match, he couldnt be the one to save her, and doctors searched for another through a cord blood donor. Umbilical cord blood, like bone marrow, contains many bloodforming cells that can be used in transplants to treat patients with leukemia, lymphoma and many other life-threatening diseases. It is collected right after a babys mother or child. The medical com munity supports it, and last year Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law that encourages health care providers to inform new mothers on their cord blood options. Its especially helpful for pa tients with more uncommon tis sue types because donors dont need to be as close of a match as marrow or peripheral blood stem cells. In just the past few years, the addition of cord blood to the banks has increased the number of transplants for minorities from 12.5 percent of transplant recipi Guindi, a former obstetrician and gynecologist and president and Blood Bank in Orlando. Its really had a profound ef fect on transplantation and access to care no matter what your race or ethnicity, Guindi said. This was an important fact for the Colo family, Maitlandarea residents who are originally from Haiti. They endured a threewhere Majana was cared for until a donor was found and she was well enough to go to a hospital in Boston to receive her transplant. The disease and chemotherapy took its toll on her little body, making it swell until she was un recognizable. Sometimes I cant even see her, her mother, Maggy Colo, said. There was no way to even tell she had eyes. But Jacob remem bers when she began to come out of her coma and get better. There under her eyelids, which they And then one day her eyes opened, Jacob said. Happiness zipped through her. The feeling was amazing. Its like electricity, he said. But their journey wasnt over. While Majana was undergoing treatment, Maggy was pregnant with their second child, Jamania, Jamania was able to get a bone marrow transplant just a couple of years after her sister. The sis ters, now 4 and 3, get checked fre quently to make sure theyre still cause of their weakened immune systems, the family hasnt had much time out together because the two girls can easily get sick. This past Christmas, though, the whole family went out all to years. God and their church was one way the couple managed to get through it all, they said, and it out and really feel normal for the kept the faith that her daughters would survive. When God [gives] you some thing, he [gives it to] you for for ever, she said. Both the girls are now smi ley and full of energy. A couple months ago Majana even sang in front of her church, much to ev eryones surprise she just raced up there, unplanned and teary joy. But Majana and Jamania both wouldnt be alive without dona tions from strangers. And when it comes to donating cord blood, its so simple. While some families choose to keep their childs cord blood for their own use for a cost, others have the option of donat ing it for free. Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, as they take the donated cord blood, process it and bank it for use by patients tal have donated cord blood used in more than 70 transplants since 2006. And the bank is planning tal system, bringing the option to mothers in four local hospitals, including Winter Park Memorial Hospital. Were taking a resource thats completely not controversial and using what wouldve other wise been discarded as medical waste to save lives, Guindi said. LADIES & GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES YOUR FAVORITE CASTAWAYS ARE BACK!Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman, and the whole gang invite you and your family to an advance screening of Tickets are available while supplies last. Seating is NOT guaranteed and is on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house. Film is rated PG. cEmail Madagascar3Giveaway@Gmail.com naming the voice behind each of these characters along with your name & address for a chance to win a prize pack including Madagascar 3: The Novel, Madagascar 3: Mad LibsTM, and other promotional items. WHOS BEHIND THE VOICE? THIS CIRCUS HITS THEATERS JUNE 8THMadagascarMovie.com For your chance to receive an advance screening pass for four go to wwwgofobo.com/rsvp and enter the code: WPMOR51B Collect all ve new Madagascar 3 books from Penguin Young Readers Group! Available wherever books are sold! b a a c PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON OBSERVER STAFF Majana, from left, Maggy, Jacob and Jamania Colo endured years of hospital stays while the two girls received transplants for a rare disorder. Cord blood banks saving more lives Maitland-area sisters rare and fatal genetic disorder cured by cord cells, marrow transplants BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Visit corduse.com for more information about CORD:USE and what they offer to families and the public. For more information about the uses of cord blood stem cells, visit doh.state..us/family/mch/ umbilical/umbilical.html
Page 10 Advertising. Branding. Marketing. Truth. Or maybe it doesnt. But wouldnt it be great if someone would just give you the cold hard truth? We will. Well tell you what works, what doesnt and what to do about it. And well do it in 100 words or less. No confusing jargon. No agency mumbo-jumbo. Nothing but the truth.Like us at facebook/ thinkcreativeinc and leave a post asking for your 100-word analysis.thinkcreativeinc.com 407-896-5757 Calendar MAY 24 The Jewish Academy of Orlandos Fine Arts Department presents the musical Night at the Wax Museum. Show time is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Tickets are avail able at $15, $25 and $50. Call 407647-0713. MAY 26 Come to Maitland Movie in the Park at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, fea turing Hugo at Quinn Strong Park. Bring your blanket and chairs and we will bring you the stars. JUNE Morse Museum Summer Family Tours and Films will begin in June and go through August. These free family programs include gallery tours on select Tuesdays with a take-home activity for children. Family lms are on select Fridays. Reservations are required. Visit MorseMuseum.org JUNE 2 Nathaniels Hope celebrates its 10year anniversary with the 10th annual Make m Smile festival celebrating kids with special needs of Central Florida. It will be 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Lake Eola. Its free. Visit NathanielsHope.org JUNE 4 Come to story time at Leu Gardens presented by Nemours BrightStart! on Monday, June 4, at Orange County Library. Share stories and songs with your little one at this free indoor event. Infant time (up to 18 months) is 1010:15 a.m., toddler time (18 months to 2 years) is 10:20-10:35 a.m. and preschool time (3-5 years) is 10:4011 a.m. Visit LeuGardens.org JUNE 14 Popcorn Flicks in downtown Winter Parks Central Park will feature Sev en Brides for Seven Brothers at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Call 407629-0054 or visit Enzian.org ONGOING The Art & History Museums Mai tland (A&H) celebrates the residents of Maitland throughout the entire month of May. Maitland residents re ceive free admission to the museums May 1-31 with proof of residence. Join your neighbors for Poetry Month at the Maitland Public Library. Fes tivities include adult poetry, May 1-28, with the topic of Where I live! At 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, the Mai tland Public Library hosts preschool story and craft time. At 10:30 a.m. each Thursday, it hosts baby time stories and activities. At 4 p.m. each Thursday, it hosts Reading Buddies for kindergarten through fth-grade. Call 407-647-7700. The Art and History Museums Mait land offers artistic classes for adults and children this summer. Call 407539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the old train depot, 200 W. New England Ave. Visit CityofWin terPark.org The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Lake Lily Park. Food Truck Caf is from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland. Visit ItsMy Maitland.com or call 407-539-6268. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com THROUGH AUG. 23 The works of the Winter Park Paint Out artists will be exhibited in the Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, through Aug. 23. Call 407-836-5540. MAY 26 The Prints of Gustave Baumann an ex hibition organized by the New Mexico Mu seum of Art, will be on display at Rollins College in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, opening May 26. The exhibition centers around Baumanns printmaking process and includes a sequence of prints and opaque watercolor studies. For additional information, please call 407-646-2526 or visit cfam.rollins.edu Learn the benets of an FHA reverse mortgage by attending a free educational clinic, Changing Seniors Lives with Reverse Mortgages, featuring licensed reverse mortgage specialist Kathy Krug to answer all your questions. Some ques tions might be: Whats a non-recourse loan? Expected rate vs. interest rate? How are closing costs calculated? Fixed rate vs. adjustable? When is a reverse mortgage not the answer? The clinic will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, at the Seminole Public Library, 215 N. Oxford Road in Casselberry. For more informa tion, call 407-695-9739. MAY 27 A charity football match honoring play ers and loved ones who are no longer with us will benet New Hope for Kids. Kick-off will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, at the Northwest Recreation Complex, 3200 Jason Dwelley Parkway in Apopka. Postgame celebration will be at St. Andrews Tavern, 1119 State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs. For more information, call 407788-1866. MAY 28 On Memorial Day, Orlando Jai-Alai & Race Book will celebrate its 50th an niversary by serving hot dogs and ham burgers for $1 each. Anyone showing a military ID or dressed in uniform receives a free burger and a beer. Orlando Jai Alai is located at 6405 S. Highway 17-92 in Fern Park. Call 407-339-6221 or visit or landojaialai.com There will be no garbage or recycling collection service in unincorporated Orange County on Monday, May 28. If Monday is your garbage collection day, garbage will be collected on the following Thursday. If Monday is your recycling col lection day, recycling will be collected on the next Monday. MAY 31 Attend Dining in the Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 31 at the Homebuilders As sociation of Metro Orlando, 544 Mayo Ave., Maitland. Experience dining, drink ing, entertainment and social interactions in a whole new way without the benet of sight! Dining in the Dark is just that; en joy a gourmet meal courtesy of Tollas of Winter Park in complete darkness. Tickets are $100 for one or $150 for two. All pro ceeds benet Lighthouse Central Florida. Visit lighthousecentralorida.org JUNE 1 Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful gar den at Leu Gardens. The movie featured is Mission Impossible Ghost Pro tocol on Friday, June 1. Gardens open at 6 p.m. and movie time is 8:30 p.m, if weather permits. Blanket/chairs are rec ommended, and you may bring a dinner picnic basket. Alcohol is permitted. Gar den admission for adults is $5 plus tax and for children $2 plus tax. Leu members receive free admission. The Orange County Ofce of Emergency Management will host a free hurricane expo Be Ready, with various hands-on training activities at the Orlando Fashion Square. The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The rst 100 people to attend the expo each day and complete a Disaster Bingo card by visiting each emergency services table will receive a free NOAA weather radio or a preparedness kit. JUNE 2 Come out for your chance to beat Flori da Rep. Bryan Nelson to the nish line in Apopkas rst annual Tri-Adventure Race! The family-friendly race will take place on June 2 at Jason Dwelley Park, and will consist of running, canoeing and biking. Visit wateradventurerace.weebly. com Casa Felizs coffeehouse, poetry reading The Friends of Casa Feliz will host a Thursday, May 24, coffeehouse and poetry reading as part of its ongoing Parlor Series. Three wonderful local poets Terry Ann Thaxton, Russ Kesler and Susan Lilley will be featured along with a musical act. The fun will start at 7:30 p.m. Between the poets readings, attend ees will be treated to the folk and bluegrass music of Stowell and McCaskill. Des sert and coffee will be served, and a cash wine bar available. Tickets to the event are $10. To reserve your spot, send a check to Casa Feliz, P.O. Box 591, Winter Park, FL 32790. Act fast seating is limited! For more information, please call Betsy Owens at 407-628-8200, ext. 1. Back to Nature benet The Works of PURE Love benet for the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Harwood-Watson Dance Studios, 820 Lake Baldwin Lane in Orlando. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit worksof purelove.org Laura Hodos cabaret Laura Hodos is back by popular de mand in her cabaret Hero Worship 2: More Songs Ive Attempted in My Shower with Chris Leavy at the piano. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, as part of the popular Win ter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. Standing room tickets are $10 with no drink included. To purchase tickets, call the box ofce at 407-645-0145 or visit winterpark playhouse.org The Winter Park Play house is located at 711 Orange Ave.
Page 11 Now through Sept. 9 Our friend Scott Maxwell of the Or lando Sentinel just made a case for the fact that those of us who live along the infamous Interstate 4 corridor will have next president. In a bit of timely good fortune, the Orange County Regional History Center has opened an exhibit that invites us to rediscover I-4 and the cities and towns that surround it in the exhibit eled, now through Sept. 9. Images by Sherri Bunye invite us to discover exits less traveled while also showing how these ence. The History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. Visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500. Now through Sept. 23 the Albin Polasek Museum, at 633 Osceola Ave. in Winter Park, will transport us there Art of Andre Renoux through Sept. 23. Renoux introduces us to the real Paris as his paintings open a window to the sites Parisians love. Renoux (1939-2002), the father of the Urban Realist movement in ing on the intimate landmarks of daily life such as a private courtyard or a pastry shop. The artists award-winning work has been exhibited around the world, and now the Art of Andre Renoux can be our passport to Paris. Call 407-647-6294 or visit polasek.org May 25, 26 and 27 Home & Garden Show The charming Kimberly Lacy from HGTVs Curb Appeal says she wont leave Orlando until you are inspired and sprucing up our outdoor envi ronments on each of the three Home and Garden Show. This three-day festival of home improvement features experts in remodeling, building, decorating, landscap ing, seminars, con tests and giveaways. With more than 100 smart ideas and fresh advice will abound. Special events Afternoon on Sunday complete with a Pooch Parade; Green Avenue with 6,000 square feet of spectacular gardens and cash and carry items; Kim berly Lacys presentations; and 250 exhibit booths for shopping and prize drawings. Advance tickets may be purchased online for a $3 discount visit OrlandoHomeShow.com June 5 to 10 La Cage Aux Folles Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and this production stars George Ham iltonneed I say more? Its wonderful, touching and funny all at the same time. Ah, but there IS more! La Cage recently ever to win the Tony Award three times for best production. This 1984 classic by Jerry down the house nightly on Broadway with the Jerry Herman anthem, I Am What I Am. Its about family values in a home with two daddies, and the right to love. Sound familiar? Yes, and its all singing, all dancing and all fun. Call1-800-982-2787 or June and July Free Family Tours at the Morse Museum Beginning in June, the Morse invites families to continue the Museums cel two free summer programs designed for elementary-school-age children. The new wing, opened in 2011, provides 6,000 square feet of new exhibition space and the Museum is celebrating with: on Tuesdays: June 19 and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The program includes a take-home art activity with the supplies to make a Japanese sword guard like the ones June 29; July 13 and 27; and Aug. 3. (about 90 minutes) All children must be accompanied by a parent, and a $5 refundable deposit per child is requested when securing a reserva tion for either program. Call 407-645-5311, extension 136, or visit morsemuseum.org Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-5223906. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar Stephen A. Butler, M.D. 1812 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32803The physicians and staff of Winter Park Urology would like to wish Stephen A. Butler, M.D. all the best in his approaching retirement, effective June 1, 2012, and thank him for his 38 years of dedicated service. Dr. Butler will work with his patients to ensure a seamless transition of care to one of his physician colleagues at Winter Park Urology. To schedule an appointment with one of our other physicians, please call 407-897-3499.Notice to Patients Discover exciting exits Tiffany sword guard
Page 12 Opinions Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at email@example.com Mayor skips over residents Ken Bradley, using the power given to him as mayor of Winter Park, altered the order of the agenda at the May 14 City Commission meeting. He chose to move the Action Items, which 15-20 citizens were waiting to speak to, to the end of the meet ing. He skipped over them to ordinances that two nonresidents wanted to speak to and ignored the citizens that had been authority to do this, but this action says that two non-resident architects are more important to the mayor than the 13 citizens who stayed to the bitter end. And this is civility month! Sally Flynn Winter Park Move forward with Wekiva Parkway With respect, because I do appreciate you, I must heartily disagree with your premise that we should furtherrepeat furtherdelay the Wekiva Parkway (Wekiva Parkway Maitland City Talk published May 17). It has been superbly planned and is well past due. If such thinking had prevailed during the Great ments that became so incredibly rewarding to our country. Their construction costs concerned many at the time, expressing that much-needed funds be spent else where. While this is not nearly of that proportion, it is quite representative of our need for greater actual national productiv ity. The rich northwest corner of the everand most promising areas. The important east-west two-lane connection, Highway dangerous highways. This will be cor rected with the overdue completion of the tangible productive construction of our Beltway. It and its accompanying infra structure will promptly add immeasurably to our areas value, well-being, beauty and economic base. funding the expressed concern here is the merging of Maitland into Winter Park, which conceivably could increase productivity and lessen by more than half the bureaucratic overhead and duplication of services. Thank you. Dean Fritchen Winter Park Protect societys most vulnerable Each May, we celebrate Older Ameri cans Month to honor seniors for their contributions to our families, communi ties and society. At a time when economic hardships and state budget cuts are put is especially worthwhile. With fewer resources available, many of our most vulnerable neighbors are being forced to their independence. Meanwhile, research shows that rela in their homes rather than moving to more restrictive environments. The familiar atmosphere and the freedom to make ones own choices promotes healthy aging. Its also a more economical solution for taxpayers. ing in the gap by providing practical assistance that enhances quality of life for older adults in need and makes it possible for them to live independently. In 2011, we served more than 6,500 clients in Orange and Seminole counties through meal deliveries, home repairs and en hancements, personal care and help with daily activities. These services often mean and a satisfying meal, between isolation and companionship, between shame and dignity. work without the support of our commu nity. We depend on the help and encour agement of local businesses, foundations, information about volunteer opportunities Lets take time to remember and give back to those who have given us so much. Marsha Lorenz President Seniors First If you hear someone talk is to write, suggest they either write about something they are who is passionate about some thing and then write about them. Such pieces tend to write them selves. Youre more recorder than story nearly writing itself. That is the case here: a much beLUVed local business announc es it will shutter its doors and members of a community jump to action. Some go online, seeking to pay tribute or even save it. Others took a more direct action. of Winter Park and Park Avenue for four decades. Such senti mental attachment by residents I would expect no less. While Brandywines is now gone, what will replace it may be an even greater testament to this com munity, all who LUV it, and the amazing resource Winter Park has in such tremendous supply: citizens who take action. Bobby Simmons is a jeweler from a jewelry family (Simmons Jewelers). He has no previous restaurant experience, but notes he has LUVed eating at Bran dywines since he was a kid, claiming its Reuben sandwich as his favorite. I spoke to Bobby last week about his new foray into owning a restaurant, the new in carnation of that beLUVed eatery As we talk it becomes obvi ous, but I ask the question, is he excited about this? Very, very excited, Bobby says. I didnt do this for fame or glory, and I cause I think some of these older places on the Avenue need to stay instead of getting pushed away, having big chains come in and push everybody out. I dont care if it ever makes a dime. While many ask if prices will go up, he says they will be inline with what they were. Most people are going into business for the money, he continues. I make very good money here (at the jewelry store). Thats just going to be fun. If somebody comes in (to Simmons) and theyre having a bad day, Ill walk them down there and buy them lunch or dinner. I joke that he could encounter an epidemic of people having bad days and he quickly responds, Thats OK. He continued, Ive watched a hundred businesses East India to that one (Brandywines), Yum Yum Shoppe there were a lot of good ones, which went away. I just thought Id step in on this one and try to save it. He found out about the clos ing as many others, reading it in paper. I called about it. I went down there, and I talked to people about it, but there were so many people who wanted it. They more or less told me to go away. Then I called or I tried to call the landlord who owns the property and he was on a cruise. I talked to his best friend and he said there are a hundred people who want it, dont even think about it, there are too many people in line in front of you. So I did forget about it. Then two or three weeks later I ran into the landlord, and we just started talking and 24 hours later, Id signed the lease and it was mine. He originally sought to keep as much constant as he could, but found that not to be possible as many unexpected hurdles were encountered. Bobby, often seen driving around Park Avenue in the Smart Car wrapped in the Simmons Jewelers logo, notes that, [Brandywines] was there about 40 years, and weve been here about 60, so weve got a hundred years combined. The interior, he says, will be close to what it was before, but he continued, remember the back corner, sort of a dark, dreary room? Everybodys always called it the punishment room. If youve been bad youll have to eat your sandwich back there. Were go ing to make this the nicest room, ultra nice. While hes been unable to keep many aspects hed wanted, some changes are eagerly em braced to meet many long-ex pressed customer requests, such as toasting bread for school kids from Saint Margaret Marys. The menu is not yet set in stone, but hot dishes will now likely be part A grand opening date has been set for June 1. Were sure trying, he insists, but then goes on to share that if all approvals have not been given, The party is still going on. Ill have a caterer out there serving food. Ill see you there. Clyde Moore operates local sites ILUVWinterPark.com, ILUVParkAve.com and LUVMyRate.com, and aims to help local businesses promote themselves for free and help save them money, having some fun along the way. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to ILuv Winter Park on Facebook or Twitter. Longtime jeweler will revive iconic deli Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Tiffany Deli, 505 N. Park Ave., will have a re-grand opening from 6-9 p.m., Friday, June 1. There will be free sparkling wine, appetizers and entertainment. PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER Bobby Simmons, right, with longtime Simmons Jewelers employees Nadia, left, and Jes sica, will be opening the new Tiffany Deli in the former location of Brandywines Deli. What might better benefit monetary funding the expressed concern here is the merging of Maitland into Winter Park King Features Weekly ServiceMay 21, 2012
Page 13 Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! As America searches for solu tions to its economic woes, one of the most innovative and produc tive job-creating engines is being overlooked. Its a case of not seeing the trees for the forest. A recent national study came to a compel ling conclu sion nation wide, its the young, small startup companies that are creat ing the most new jobs about three million annually. And if you look deeper, you will see that its a small number of small com panies usually young in their existence creating these jobs. Last year, the University Incubation Program graduated more than 20 companies that are now succeeding with further as creating jobs. record number of 64 new startup companies. Over the last 10 tion Program has helped more than 200 client companies that in 2011 accounted for more than 1,600 new jobs. What kinds of businesses are these? A St. Cloud company helps sell fresh, locally grown foods to ny is gearing up to mass-produce its patented wind turbines that outperform anything on the mar ket. A client company in Kissim feature length motion picture. In Leesburg, a client company produces an award-winning video series on health care and is doing it so well that the National Business Incubation Association awarded them the title of 2012 Outstanding Incubator Client in the non-technology category. A client company in the Central a GIS platform that helps disaster management agencies cope with tornadoes and hurricanes. Program is one of thousands of similar programs nationwide. from industry leaders in laser photonics, simulation technology, rapid prototyping, web develop ment and alternative energy to a commercial delivery service for area restaurants. Americas greatness lies in our ability to adapt to new conditions with innovation and enthusiasm. That spirit of innovation, enthu siasm combined with persever ance, and an entrepreneurial culture is what made America so prosperous for so long. It con tinues to be played out daily in small, young startup companies all across the country. What can we really do? Increase the success rate of these companies and you create greater prosperity. A recent study is 37 percent. That value places that statistical category. Thats right, 50th. Without even passing judgment on the good or bad thing, just think of the conse quences of increasing that rate by 5 percent or 10 percent. Cultiva tion of fertile ground wherein companies can be successful Not all companies will survive, but we should create a nurturing environment where an entrepreneurs lack of experi ence can be mitigated and pure market forces can be the major determining factor in its survival real wealth of our region and nation! Dr. Tom ONeal, associate vice president for Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida, is founder and executive director of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program and president of the Florida Business Incubation Association. chosen by President Barack Obama as his campaign slogan this year. Bizarrely, that same word, forward, was the name chosen by Russias Lenin to represent his new concept, i.e., communism. (Shortly before Marx and Engels got the Party moving in 1848, Marx had used the word forward as the preliminary thrust.) The word was/is used for Socialist/Com munist ideas and publications. All this happened before the royal Russian family were slaughtered by the future rulers of the Russian proletariat. Americas President Obama has been called a Communist by people privy to his innermost thoughts, and there are many who see his everyday actions as steps to convert America into a commu nist nation. a.... passionate Marxist. told Newsmax he met Obama in 1980 when Obama was a sophomore at Occi just graduated from Occidental and was attending graduate school at Cornell Uni was at his girlfriends home in Palo Alto when Obama came over with Moham med Hasan Chandoo, his roommate from Pakistan. Barack and Hasan showed up at the house in a BMW, and then we says. We had a nice meal, and then we came back to the house and smoked ciga rettes and drank and argued politics. They discussed Marxism. Obama was arguing a straightfor ward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, which anticipated that there would be a revolution of the work ing class, led by revolutionaries, who would overthrow the capitalist system and institute a new socialist government that would redistribute the wealth, says The idea was basically that wealthy people were exploiting others this was the secret of their wealth they were using and taking advantage of other people. Obama was convinced that a revolution would take place a good thing. of himself as part of an intelligent, radi cal vanguard that was leading the way towards this revolution and towards this new society. (Sound familiar?) We Americans too often accept things at face value, and assume people to be what they appear to be. Until I had dug a bit deeper, I thought that Obama was just mined to change the course of the whole American nation. the day will be like when Obama stands on a platform in Washington and turns over the reins of government to a new person who will replace him. Somehow my mind staggers to a stop at that mo ment, and I envision that Obama himself has trouble imagining getting past that historic surrender of power. The traditional two-term presidency set by George Washington was never cided he should not give up the presiden cy during World War II and the people agreed with him. I believe most of us would agree that two terms should remain the limit, bar ring anything short of a World War (and even then?) Barack Obama has spent enormous money and time touring the nation while overtly campaigning for a second term. He has been a president totally consumed with the idea of extending his presidency by popularizing his lies. Lets stop his forward motion now. About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Rocking-Horse Winner. It goes, Even the house whispered there must be more money. I knew a gentleman from the early 1980s who got himself in a drugrelated pinch (or two) and was being consumed with legal fees. His relatives were required to periodically assist with infusions of cash. A literate crowd they were, and The walls screamed there must be more money became the con stant refrain of the familial Greek chorus of this, shall we say, tragedy, laughingly uttered (a perverse lot they were) at the slightest new provocation. thrown at the problem and through the miracle of American jurisprudence (sell the jewels, hock the farm, mortgage your soul but always secure the best legal counsel available) justice was, indeed, secured. This is a story with a happy ending. Lessons were learned. Hubris acknowledged. Humility (such as it ever was) rediscovered. The value of work over easy money again the norm. gentleman from the s found himself strung out on drugs (borrowed money), hearing things at the door (Chinese credi tors/Euro meltdown), seeing things at the window (Islamic terrorists), without vency/ full employment) and tragically beholden to the vagaries of uncontrollable forces (Republican Tea Party-Norquistian idiocy/tyranny). Sadly, I do not see a happy resolution for America. If we lived in the best of all possible worlds, everyone would always, without fail, provide for herself. Each of us would die responsibly in his sleep after living a healthy, productive life. Our children would all be of Lake Wobegon able and exceptional. Our infrastructure and public health the best in the West. and democratic. Our legal system univer sally fair and inherently just. Our military rarely employed and never for imperialist objectives. Wed joyfully anticipate the future because we wisely invest our re sources today for a better tomorrow. Ah, but your reach should exceed I hear Ron Paul libertarians as well as Tea Party Republicans repeatedly mouth the No Tax platitudes. They weep for the deregulation of the markets, to unleash dont-cha know the plentiful bounty of capitalism. If only, they wail, if only we returned to traditional values and embraced the pioneer spirit that had men and women walking across America be side Conestoga wagons, if only we again became a nation of rugged individual If only, if only America was once again a nation of 9,638,453 (1820 Census) and the North American continent lay before us, virtually empty and just over the next hill virginal wilderness where and unsentimentally separates the human But no longer are we a nation of nine million rugged individualists, we are a nation of 310 million and 10 percent of our population is incapable, unable or ill-prepared to completely take care cally would you deal with the 30 million Americans (and growing) who today require government assistance (Social Se curity, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance, etc.) to survive? House Congressional Republicans recommend that we generously feed the Gras?) yet toss Americas weak to the curb. Whats that I hear the walls scream? Besides the cries of the impoverished? 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 Forward to what? What the walls scream Small start-up rms lead recovery Tom ONeal DR. TOM ONEAL Guest Writer READING THIS R EALLY MAKES ME R EALIZE HOW MUCH WE TAKE OU R LIVES FO R G R ANTED EVE R Y DAY. PR AYING FO R A MI R ACLE FO R LONDON. WENDY GR AY Heres what a reader on wpmobserver.com said about Love for London published May 17. If you missed the story about this 6-yearold diagnosed with brain cancer, scan this QR code with your smart phone or visit wpmobserver.com
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