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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: 08-09-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Maitland (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Orange County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Winter Park
United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Maitland
Coordinates: 28.596111 x -81.346667 ( Place of Publication )
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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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Holding Location: University of Florida
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As plans for SunRail continue to chug along the track, Central Florida cities in cluding Maitland are reevaluating their decisions to jump on board with another commuter transportation system still in de velopment. tation System that is set to launch along with SunRail to encourage commuter rider ship, is planning its demonstration phase in partnership with Maitland, Altamonte system, powered by Lynx, would work on to call or go online to schedule a bus pickup and have a vehicle respond to their stop lo cation within 12 minutes. component for the cities when it comes to the success of SunRail, by it giving commut west to get to the stations, where the rail can carry them north and south. But what looked good on paper, members of the Mai plicated in implementation as the Novem ber 2013 launch date inches closer. about this? As design plans move forward with all Systems, worries of cost, stop locations and plan implementation were brought up at Council. said, noting the integral role FlexBus is pro jected to have on SunRail ridership. We are calling on Floridas leaders to ensure that eligible voters are not removed erroneously from the rolls. Page 14Letters to the editor LifestylesBASE Camp kids spent last week immersed in the arts and theater at Sandy Bonus Maitland studio.Page 9 Observer HomesShort sale isnt the four-letter word it once was. An area Realtor debunks three of the most-common myths.Page 12 CalendarOn Friday, The Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun in the A&H garden. Page 8 CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security Bob@aSafeHarbor.com | ASafeHarbor.com(407) 644-6646 Learn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com When faced with stormy nancial waters, seek... Call us today for your guide to Social Security!404-644-6646 or visit www.ss.vip2site.com 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 a razor-thin ballot on Primary Elec eight candidates in give them a push to the general election in November. And ocratic and Republican voters, with 13 choices each to be made on their re spective ballots. For some, the votes have already been cast. More than 5,000 voters turned out for early voting in just the the eight-day early Orange County Supervisor of Elec tions Bill Cowles said. on Monday typically a slow day expecting a strong turnout dur Alfond Sports Center at Rollins College to hear from President Barack Obama on Aug. 2. tween Ohio, Florida and Virginia that made a whirlwind out of the end of the week, just before brating his 51st birthday on Saturday, the Rollins day to You serenade. to do with electoral votes. election, had originally expected to deliver a news broke of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., he canceled that speech. Speaking in front of thousands of supporters PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERPresident Barack Obama speaks to the crowd at Rollins Colleges Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center on Thursday, Aug. 2. Please see OBAMA on page 2Obama rallies RollinsMaitland and surrounding cities re-evaluate proposed ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Getting on the ex bus SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Please see COUNCIL on page 3 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERSunRails success, Maitlands mayor says, depends on the FlexBus system, which will take folks to the cities rail stations.Race to the primaries An update on the FlexBus project will be given at the next Maitland City Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 13, in Maitland City Hall. For more information on the project, visit itsmymaitland.comISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Please see ELECTION on page 2 John Mica Sandy Adams

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Page 2 ing the workweek, accelerating ing, Saturday, Aug. 11. gradual increase each day toward the end, he said. But that will still represent only a small percentage of eligible vot ers in the county, most of whom are expected to vote on Primary istered voters in the county. cluding candidates for incumbent ic and Republican parties and Or 5. But the most visible race is for 7 seat, being challenged by four candidates. son Kendall and Nick Ruiz both are hoping to bring a younger conservatives. On the Republican side, two well-known incumbents are running against each other in the wake of redistricting changes Rep. Sandy Adams both have roots in the area. By the time the dust clears emerge for the general election season. Adams, who had been hopping around early voting locations last Adams said her campaign is thing, making phone calls and going door-todoor as the primary sea son comes to a close. Both were still pushing for money as they were pushing for endorsements. campaign funds nearing Party Express, Florida Po lice Benevolent Association, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Mica enjoys advantages in fundraising and local endorsements, with in campaign funds and endorse Ken Bradley and Vice Mayor Steven Leary. endorsed by Ken Bradley but by sentee voters in the primary, as ly and in droves, said Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel, who reported that cast in Seminole County in the tion of Seminole County, branch Maitland and parts of east Orange County. crease in early voters so far, Ertel said. (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.www.oldharborf inancial.com Old Harbor FINANCIAL12 Month CDAlso oer IRA Specials & free 401k ReviewsAPYHigher Rates for Longer Term INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENINGTHURSDAY, AUGUST 16 7:00PM AT REGAL WINTER PARKFor your chance to win a pass for two, text the word GHOSTS and your ZIP CODE to 43549Example Text: GHOSTS 32701 Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 14 at midnightNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Passes are available on a rst-come, rst-served basis. One pass per adult. Seating is limited so arrive early. Pass does not guarantee a seat at the screening. There is no charge to text 43KIX. Message and data rates from your wireless carrier may apply. This lm is rated PG. IN THEATERS AUGUST 17 FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas or social policy issues to focus on taxes, the economy, jobs and health care. talking about initiatives he would push for to strengthen the middle class. ises from his previous campaign, champion of typical American families. ily. Outside, protestors and sup porters of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney gathered across the street, holding pro-Romney signs. dle class tax dollars and give it to the top 2 percent of earners. He pointed to a recently released report from the non-partisan Brookings class families. OBAMA | Romney supporters protest CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE If you work hard, you shouldnt have to worry about whether you can afford to go to the doctor or pay your bills. Barack Obama Campaign funds of Republican candidates for U.S. Rep. District 7 as of July 25: John Mica $969,000 Sandy Adams $453,000 Early voting for the primary election runs through Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit www.orangecountyvotes. comELECTION | Early voting runs through Saturday, Aug. 11 CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Page 3 558 W. New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319www.ClassicIronBeds.comAll iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations Save 20% off all Iron Bed & Linen Orders With this adexp 08/31/12 from public works to fund the cities sent a letter to Lynx voicing for Lynx, did calm some of their the goals of FlexBus as plans continue to evolve. began, Lewis wrote in the letter, tions, demographic shifts, indus try technology options and the introduction of the smartphone have all impacted the design and implementation of the FlexBus demonstration project. But, he said, Lynx is still com mitted to carry and support the project through the four-city launch next year. Members of the Maitland City Council will dis cuss FlexBus further after hearing representative at the Monday, Aug. 13, meeting.COUNCIL | CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF LE CORDON BLEU COLLEGEJoe Hardiman, top left, president, and Edward Leonard, vice president, of Le Cordon Bleu greet State Attorney Lawson Lamar and wife Jo-Ann at the 10th Anniversary party. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZWinter Park Lost Pets mascots participated in Kids Fest at Publix in Winter Park Aug. 4.Pets loose in PublixChef college is 10

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Page 4 Business Briefs Community Bulletin The groundbreaking ceremony for con struction expansion to the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Center was July 24. The construction project is estimated to be a $3.5 million investment in health care services for the area. The center is lo cated at 5931 Brick Court in Winter Park. Winter Parks Dr. Clifford P. Clark III, M.D. was recently named a Top Doctor in the plastic surgery category based on a national peer nomination process through U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Clarks ofce is located at 701 W. Morse Blvd. For more information, visit dr-clark. com Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila made his tory when he earned a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His speed and agility won him the gold, but it was barefoot running that made him a legend. Bikila may have been on to something, said Winter Park resident Carey Rothschild, an instructor of phys ical therapy at the University of Central Florida who specializes in orthopedic sports injuries. In a paper publishing next month in the Journal of Strength And Conditioning Research, Rothschild re views the research and provides a guide for those who want to explore barefoot running as a way to train for marathons. Its a 10-12 week program that slowly eases people who run in shoes onto their bare feet. Scott Brogan has been named principal of Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando. He replaces Thomas Doyle, who has been named co-president of the high school. Bryan Stewart, MBA, CFP has joined Stewart, Stewart & Associates, a nan cial advisory practice with Ameriprise Financial Services. Old Florida National Bank appointed Dennis J. Buhring, CPA, CMPE, Chief Executive Ofcer of Physician Associ ates, to the banks board of directors. Tom Hope recently joined Rollins College as associate vice president of market ing and communications. Prior to joining Rollins, he served as creative director at UCF. Ruths Hospitality Group Inc. will receive the rst city of Winter Park Busi ness Recognition Award of 2012 on Aug. 27. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce promoted Megan Lanier to program manager. Lanier has served as program coordinator for the organization since July 2011. Doyle makes deans listWilliam Doyle, class of 2015, of Winter Park, was among more than 750 students from Union College who made the annual deans list. Doyle, a computer engineering major, is a 2011 graduate of Lyman High School.Feeding children in summer monthsGoodwill Industries of Central Florida re cently collected more than 6,500 pounds of food during its Fill the Need food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank. Residents were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, along with their Goodwill donations, to support Second Harvests Fighting Hunger, Feed ing Hope campaign, which helps feed children while school is out during the summer months. To nd the nearest retail center, please visit goodwillc.orgYoure no dummy vote!Comedian/ventriloquist Ed Thomas of Altamonte Springs and his dummy part ner, Hugo, are performing shows with the message to get out and vote. Thomas said, This was Hugos idea. He was upset that he couldnt vote because he is a dummy, so he wants to be sure that everyone who is not a dummy votes. Thomas believes if you dont vote, you dont have a right to complain about politics. Hugo agrees, which makes this the only thing that Thomas and Hugo have ever agreed on. Visit edthomasandhugo.com or call 407332-7233. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com International artist Peter Pettegrew (known for his brilliant skies and sunsets) has created an exhibit of 35 Florida landscapes, exclusively displayed at our Winter Park Gallery through August 18th.Fredlund Fine ArtsPresents Orlandos own Peter PettegrewWhere: 1143 Orange Avenue Winter Park 407-622-0102 fredlundgallery.com When: 11 to 6 Monday-Friday 9 to 5 Saturdays DENNINGORANGE AVEMINNESOTA FAIRBANKS 1143 ORANGE AVE17-92 Parking in rear off Minnesota Fertility Center expands High school students participate in original research at Rollins CollegeFlorida high school students from Oak Ridge High and Apopka High School are collaborating with Rollins College undergraduate students on cutting-edge sci entic research. As part of Rollins Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry Luis Martinez is overseeing innovative and challenging research projects being conducted by Rollins students Jaciel Ferrera and Diana Cox, who are both chemistry majors. Collaborating with them are two high school students from the Rollins Upward Bound Program, a pre-collegiate program designed to reinforce academic preparation and success for low-income or rst-generation college aspirants. Pictured, Oak Ridge High School junior John Ducilon is assisting Ferrera with synthesizing a prescription drug (metformin) with a uorescent label that will be traceable in microscopy experiments to track where the drug is acting on the cellular level. Cox and Marjory Delva, a senior at Apopka High School, are also attempting something thats never been done before. They are identifying a new catalyst for a chemical reaction that can be used for the synthesis of a number of bioactive compounds. Chain of Lakes book wins award At the annual Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS) conference in Des tin, Fla., McQuiddy, a print and marketing solutions company in Nashville, Tenn., was presented with a Best of Category for Soft Cover Books award for its work with the Winter Park Chain of Lakes book, a piece by Elaine Sullivan. Elaine Sullivan grew up in Winter Park and owns a condo there with her husband where she enjoys the lakes frequently. She worked with David Mc Quiddy to put together a book that incorporated the history of the hotels and homes and the importance of the lakes to Winter Park. She is currently working on another book about Winter Park. The book can be purchased in Winter Park at various stores and museums, including Interiors, Millers, The Winter Park Historical Museum and the Morse Museum.

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Page 5 Vote Mica for Congress Aug. 14 www.micaforcongress.comRecord Not Rhetoric Watch Dog of the Treasury Award Faith and Freedom Coalition 100% Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Defenders of Liberty, American Conservative Union State Good Government Award, Florida Jaycees Guardian of Small Business Award Nearly Every National Veterans Service Award Including: Air Force Association National Military Family Association Non-Commissioned Ocers Association The Retired Enlisted Association Blinded American Veterans Foundation Vietnam Veterans of America Reserve Ocers AssociationPaid for by Mica for Congress (Republican) John Mica Repeal ObamaCare Balance the Budget Cut Government Spending No Tax Increases No Bailouts Secure Our Borders Now Make Government Work NOT Grow

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Page 6 You may have seen news items in the paper or on television high lighting one of our citys fastgrowing companies. That company is Digital Risk and it employs nearly 1,500 people, some 800 of whom are your Central Florida friends and neighbors. But what exactly is Digital Risk and what do they do? Digital Risk calls itself the largest independent provider of risk, compliance and transaction management solutions for the complex Risk embraces a stated mission to Make Mortgages Safe for both lenders and homeowners through a blending of data, analytics, peo ple and processes. As with many successful com panies, Digital Risk found op portunity in the face of adversity. During the mortgage meltdown, record numbers of foreclosures shook the industry. Many mort gages originated and sold prior to this time contained errors that increased their riskiness and led to a tidal wave of default. The industry as a whole also stood paralyzed against originating new loans until the lenders could safe ly underwrite mortgages again. Between a crippling past and a stalled present, the industry was at a crossroads. Thats when three Central Florida entrepreneurs stepped in. The leadership team of Peter Santos recognized the industrys dire need for independent risk management and Digital Risk was born. Since 2005, Digital Risk has provided clients such as servicers, originators, correspondents, investors and insurers with a com prehensive loan quality control package that includes origination, lateral risk, compliance review and customized forensic auditing. The goal, in essence, is to provide to lend money, and investors the assurance they need to trust that the mortgages they are buying are safely protected from risk. Before I mentioned data, ana lytics, people and processes, and those elements are the key to how Digital Risk performs these tasks, examining closed loans for errors and originating safer loans for clients. The individual talents of Digital Risks seasoned workforce proprietary technology and ad vanced analytics performed us ing the Making Mortgages Safe solutions suite. These proprietary platforms are the result of the analysis of more than $100 billion in mortgage loans, achiev ing the largest experience set in the industry. A patent pending process allows Digital Risk to continuously enhance its Making Mortgages Safe solutions suite for its clients as it on-boards and analyzes more than 73 billion data elements. However, technology cannot mendations for its clients, and thats where those 1,500 team members enter the picture. En abled by Digital Risks analytical platform, highly skilled teams meticulously review all data to ensure quality. These client-ded icated teams operate out of the Maitland headquarters, as well as ver, Jacksonville and Boca Raton. The following statistics attest to the companys rapid growth. Over the last 12 months alone, Digital Risk has touched one out of every 10 of all delinquent loans and nearly 30 percent of all performing and non-performing loans nationwide, and helped pre vent billions in potential losses on residential and commercial mortgage loans. One gratifying piece of the puzzle is the role Digital Risk plays in keeping distressed homeowners in their homes. The their lender-clients can be felt here in Central Florida and across the country. Most impressive, however, is Digital Risks team, large and growing even larger. CEO Peter Kassabov said the company plans to add 1,000 long-term career op portunities, not just jobs. The city of Maitland has worked with Digital Risk and Gov. Rick Scott to en sure the company is motivated to expand their Maitland presence. Of particular note about these positions is their highly skilled nature, requiring a per-person train ing investment by Digital Risk of about $10,000. These credentialbuilding training programs bet ter prepare Maitland and Central Florida residents for advanced ca reers like those attainable at Digi tal Risk. Youll probably hear more about Digital Risk in the future, especially when their expansion plans come to full fruition. Who knows? You might be one of the next 1,000 team members brought on board. Digital Risk Marketing/ Communications DepartmentCity Council Agenda of Aug. 13City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 13 in the Council Chambers, 1776 Indepen dence Lane. Below is the agenda for that meeting. Special Presentations Extension Engineering drea Bailey Cox, A&H Maitland, and John Cunningham, ACiPublic Hearings for 2450 Maitland Center Parkway 2012-01 (AZ) Lakes of Maitland Condominium Association Inc. Zoning (Text) Amendment Pension Trust Fund BoardConsent Agenda July 9 and July 23 Minutes of July 17 Advisory Board Minutes of May 6 and June 6 gal Expense Engineering Analysis Decision Items: America, Inc. (Old PBS&J) Review Committee For updates, visit itsmymaitland.com www.pageschool.com Page Private School will be offering the High Reach Curriculum approved by the Department of Education. This program will enhance interactive hands-on experiences through language, physical development, and social skills. This curriculum will focus on science, math, language, community, and purposeful play. Assessments will be given twice a year to measure the academic progress of each student. P AGE P RIVATE S CHOOL PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL FOUNDED 1908PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOLN OW O FFERING VPK! Children must be 4 years old by September 1st. N OW O FFERING VPK! Children must be 4 years old by September 1st. C ALL F OR I NFORMATION August 20, 2012 June 7, 2013 University Park 407.678.033310250 University Blvd., Orlando, FL Ages 2 through Grade 8August 13, 2012 May 30, 2013 Towne Center 407.324.1144100 Aero Lane, Sanford, FL Ages 2 through Grade 8Hours 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. We offer extended hours from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Snacks provided by parents CALL FOR INFORMATION Notice to Patients Winter Park Urology-East 7806 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 106 Orlando, Fl 32822Effective July 2, 2012 the Winter Park Urology East Orlando location will be closed. To ensure continuity of care, Julio C. Gundian, MD, David H. Jablonski, MD, Javier Miller, Jr., MD, and Inoel Rivera, MD will continue seeing patients at the Waterford Lakes location at 11317 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 100, Orlando FL 32825. Patient medical records will be transferred to the Waterford Lakes location at the address listed above, To schedule an appointment, please call 407.658.7631.Notice to Patients Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Digital Risk creates jobs

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Page 7 LAST CHANCE FOR THE GOOD LIFE!rffnf tffbff bbfbffbf fffb fbfffbf ftbfbrfShea Homes at Victoria Gardens is selling out with less than 20 home sites left! TrilogyLife.com/FL | 877.292.4511Discover the ultimate 55+ community: fb ff ffff f tfrbt f bftbfbbfffffffffffbffffb tbffbffffffbrfbbbnftfrfnftfrf frfnftfbfrfffffbffffrf ffbbfbfbffbbbfrfbfffffffrbnffrf bffbffff Tour Our Resort Community and Get a $25 American Express Gift Card If You Bring This Ad In. In charming DeLand, off I-4 exit 116 VG_MaitlandObserver_072612.indd 1 7/24/12 6:54 AM Save the date: City Hall grand re-openingThe city will be celebrating the grand re-opening of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The renovation of City Hall has been a long, yet extremely productive process. The new City and has been reconstructed to create a more welcoming experience for the many visitors who do business in our city. We thank you for your patience and endurance dur ing the entire process. More infor mation will be published in next weeks column regarding this special event. Stay tuned.City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, Aug. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commis sion Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. Below are a few topics of interest:City Managers Report Non-action Items Consent Agenda 23. and bids (a complete listing can be found at cityofwinterpark.org Agenda). to the City Debt Management Policy to address recommendations from the City Commission from the June 11 Commission meeting. bership in the Florida Municipal Power Agency and authorize the mayor to execute the Interlocal Agreement.Action Items Requiring Discussion sions Public Hearings 2843-11, Advisory Board to estab lish a Keep Winter Park Beauti ful/Sustainable Advisory Board antor, LLC: al two year extension grant ed to the Ye Olde Bric Con dominium property at 125 S. Inter lachen Ave. to permit the redevelopment of the property and the construction of a four-story, six-unit residential condominium building of 23,500 square feet with underground parking. nance amending Chapter 58 Land Development Code, Sec tion 58-65 R-1AAA Lakefront District and Section 58-66 R1AA and R-1A Districts by add ing a special side setback option for narrow lots.City Commission Reports sions full agenda at cityofwin terpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets.Womens safety classThe Winter Park Police Depart ment and the Victim Service Cen ter of Central Florida will host a free womens safety awareness class Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Winter Park Police ginia Ave. This class is for ladies who sign up. There is no special dress or equipment needed. Ages 14 and older are welcome. You must sign up to attend. If you cannot make this particular class, please call 321-303-5884 or email kgonzalez@cityofwinterpark.org Espresso your thoughts at CoffeeTalkPlease join Vice Mayor Steven day, Aug. 16, from 8 to 9 a.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave., at This is the citys seventh year in sessions for residents that have a latte on their minds or some beans to grind. This is your opportunity to speak with Vice Mayor Leary in an informal environment and ask any questions related to city busi ness. Special thanks to Palmanos there!Early voting at the LibraryEarly voting for the Florida Primary at the Winter Park Public Library began Saturday, Aug. 4, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. Voting will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Only Orange County registered voters can early vote at the library. Voters must bring pho questions about voting, ID, etc. must be directed to the Supervi sor of Elections at 407-836-2070. The Florida Primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14, and all voting will take place at local precincts, not at the Library. The library is located at City Blood DriveThe Big Red Bus will be in front of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone interested in donating blood. City Hall is located at 401 S. Park Ave. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to meet the need for blood. To do nate you must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. All donors must bring photo ID. For more infor mation, please call 407-599-3506 Thank you for doing your part to help Florida Blood Centers.Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER

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Page 8 THROUGH AUG. 11 Early voting for the primary election runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. One of the 10 polling centers is the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., which is open to Orange County voters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Bring a photo ID. Visit orangecountyvotes.comAUG. 9Youre invited to an open garden from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at DePugh Community Garden, 450 W. Welbourne Ave. Come see how rewarding, fun and healthy it is to grow your own vegetables in a community setting. Call 407-4843000 or visit ourwholecommunity.org The Winter Park Police Department and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida will host free womens safety awareness classes for all interested women that have a tie to the city of Winter Park. The class is Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the police department, located at 500 N. Virginia Ave. Call Ofcer Kait lin Gonzalez at 321-303-5884 or email kgonzalez@cityofwinterpark.orgAUG. 11Holler Honda is holding a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to support Floridas Blood Centers at 2211 N. Semoran Blvd. All donors will receive a Fandango movie pass as a thank-you gift. They also will be offering child identica tion cards through Childrens Safety Vil lage from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 407-6454123, ext. 1043. Enzian will be showing Director Francis Ford Coppolas legendary sequel The Godfather Part II on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. General admission is $8 and Enzian members pay $5. The Enzian is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave. Purchase tickets at Enzians box ofce or at Enzian. org The Young Executives of the Citrus Club, a network of young professionals in Cen tral Florida, will host its fourth annual Diamonds Are Forever Casino Night benet on Saturday, Aug. 11, at The Cit rus Club, located on the 18th oor of the BB&T building, 225 S. Orange Ave. All proceeds will benet the Camaraderie Foundation. Games begin at 7 p.m. Visit citrusclubdiamonds.comAUG. 12Central Florida Jazz Societys inaugural fundraising event, Party with a Pur pose, is 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Primrose Drive, in Orlando. It benets the CFJS Scholarship Fund and Elks Charities. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP to Bill Boardman at 407-365-7455.AUG. 14The primary election is Aug. 14. Visit http://bit.ly/P2nIpY for more voter infor mation. Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Series is Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the West Oaks Library. The August session is rather unique Its a show and tell of differ ent medical equipment and the presenter will be sharing tips and tricks on how to make sure you receive the model that best meets your needs. Reservations are encouraged. Visit oc.net/seniors AUG. 15Ms. Natalie Cordone returns to the popu lar Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Caba ret Series with her new Cabaret, Sentimental Journey, with Chris Leavy at the piano on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. (Standing room tickets are $10. No drink included.) To purchase tickets, call the box ofce at 407-645-0145.AUG. 16Winter Park Village is hosting its inaugural Toast! Wine and Spirits Walk on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by Audi and LA Fitness, the event will feature restaurants such as Trufes Grill, TAPS Wine and Beer Eatery, Mitchells Fish Market, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Publix and Menchies. Visit toastwinter parkvillage.eventbite.com Newcomers of Central Florida will host a black-and-white themed luncheon and general meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16. Members and guests are encouraged to wear black-and-white attire while gath ering at Cafe Murano, 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. Luncheon tickets are priced at $23. Reservations are required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Contact DeDe Fluhr at 407366-9084 or visit newcomersc.org The Winter Park Welcome Center will host Coffee Talk on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 8-9 a.m. with Vice Mayor Steven Leary. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com Toast! Toast!Wine & Spirits Walk Start at Truffles Grill to receive your passport & swag bag. Continue strolling along the streets of Winter Park Village, enjoying wine and spirits samples at many of the center's prestigious restaurantsTickets include: http://toastwinterparkvillage.eventbrite.com $20$25 Thursday, August 16th 6PM 10PM WINTER PARK Home of the Winter Park STARS Competition Cheer TeamWelcome to Winter Park Cheer Athletics Cheerleading & Tumbling facility! We are home to the Winter Park Stars All Star cheerleading Teams and one of the training facilities for the Nationally Ranked Winter Park High School Cheerleaders! 2011-2012 UCA National Champions All levels of All Star Competitive Cheer Mommy & Me Classes Stunting Classes Tumbling Classes for all ages & levels Competitive dance Birthday parties6870 Stapoint Ct Winter Park, FL 32793 (Near 436 & Hanging Moss Rd.)After school pick up and programs beginning August 2012 Calendar AUG. 14: Harrietts Happy Hour is sold outHarrietts Happy Hour on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., is sold out. Visit parkavenuefashionweek.com for other events associated with this years Harrietts Park Avenue Fashion Week. AUG. 10: Summer Concerts in the GardenThe Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden Art. Music. Food. Architec ture. on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun in the Main Garden, 231 W. Packwood Ave., in Maitland. Admission is $3. For additional information, visit Artan dHistory.org or call 407-539-2181. AUG. 12: Behind the Scenes tour at Full Sail University Full Sail University will host free Behind the Scenes tours on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3300 University Blvd. The Full Sail University campus has the feel of a Hollywood studio complete with a lm back lot, recording studios, game studios, art studios, countless labs and creative spaces. Book your spot by calling 1-877-392-5697.

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Page 9 Lifestyles SECURE YOUR FUTURE, DEFINE YOUR RETIREMENT [ On YOUR terms ]88141 PR AD WPO 8/2012 Winter Pa rk's Distinctive Retirement Community www.themayflower.com 1620 Mayflower Court Winter Park, FL 32792 Whats your plan for the future? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620. The Mayf lower. Smart. Secure. And Spectacular.Imagine a time in your life when you have the freedom to do exactly as you please. Relax ...revitalize...reinvent...renew. And, then imagine a place where you can do all that on your terms and still have the complete peace of mind that comes only with the guarantee of comprehensive continuing care. That place...is The Mayower the gold standard for retirement communities in Central Florida. Here, you have the freedom and exibility to customize your home and your retirement lifestyle to make them uniquely yours. And while youre doing that, youll also have the guarantee of pre-funded long-term care in our Gold Seal Health Center. Thats what prompted residents like Dick Proctor to plan ahead and proactively make the move . because they wanted to, not because they needed to. How about you?WINNER: ICAA INDUSTRY INNOVATOR AWARDFor The Mayflower/Rollins College Lifelong Learning Program MAY 862 Proctor Ad WPO.indd 1 6/28/12 4:16 PM John Sanchez saved a village Friday ing oak leaves above a tiny wooden stage at Sandy Bonus Fine Arts, children in war paint waited in the wings, ready to be he roes. The onstage skirmish only lasted for a few moments. Wooden daggers rose and pressors draped in black. And then they danced. For kids like 10-year-old John, the little guy with the sheepish smile, life has been a much longer battle, played out in doctors all around them. The bad guy is the life-threaten ing disease they knows how the plot will end, but they play on. The cast list of the play Roots of Rhythm only had a few war riors, but all of the players have had heroes, have sickle cell disease. Thirteenyear-old Danny, the surly hunter, had a brain tumor removed. Jordan, playing the proud father, has Hodgkins lymphoma. Tytianna, dancing and smiling behind vi brant pink streaks of war paint, has fought two forms of leukemia. Alec wasnt feeling well, so his sisters Jamie and Cady attended for him. Theyre amazing, volunteer Meghan Moon said. Theyre going through so much. The 19-year-old volunteer has been with BASE Camp for four years. The Orlandobased childrens cancer support network bond, while supporting families through years of uncertainty. Then theres the one week a year that they look forward to, when the Bonus stu dio doors open up, and the kids swoop in. Thats when the transformation begins, as newcomers and veterans pour through the doorway of Sandy Bonus Maitland studio dreams. This lets them just be normal kids, Moon said. They love coming to this camp. Its the camp for kids just like them, BASE Camp coordinator Cindy Whitaker said. The kids who miss school for weeks at a time. The kids who never have time to go to parties with their friends. The kids who want to be kids. If kids come in here and their hair is gone, no one asks, Whitaker said. Its their uniqueness, to understand other kids and not judge them. They just treat them like everybody else. Brushes fed by inspiration sweep color time. Shaky feet dance across the stage as character. Then they get lost in the world they create, Bonus said. The one where Its one of the healthiest of all escapes, Bonus said. Theyre escaping with this art. The ones who went awayAt the end of this week they always want to come back, Bonus said. She pauses. Its always a victory when they come back. Whitaker knew the odds when her son, Danny, went in for the operation to remove his brain tumor. Doctors said he had only a 20 percent chance of survival if they didnt remove it. Hes still here. Hes my walking, breathing miracle, she said. As the camp enters its eighth year, old friends say hi to new ones, sometimes com paring haircuts or who grew taller this year. They see paintings on the walls from years before. Sometimes theyre little reminders of someone they dont see. ished a year ago today. On it, scrawled in shaky brush strokes, an 8-year-olds signa Marlies family was going to live in her dream house. In the last photophraph of her, in a colorful pink-and-gray hat with a All we can do is move forward and cel ebrate the ones weve lost, Whitaker said. Choosing to ghtThere were four new patients at Ar -ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff To learn how to contribute or volunteer for BASE Camp, visit basecamp.org. In September there will be a BASE Camp charity event held to auction off the art created during Bonus camp. Well post the event information on wpmobserver.com as soon as it becomes available. A time to be heroes A time to be heroesPHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERJohn Sanchez, top left, and sister Natasha, right, act in The Roots of Rhythm that capped off a week of artistic escape from dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses. Sandy Bonus Fine Arts sponsored the eighth annual event that helps benet the childrens cancer support group BASE Camp. Local volunteers helped teach painting and acting.Artist Sandy Bonus and cancer support group BASE Camp team up to lift spirits Please see BASE on page page 10

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Page 10 A Gift For Teaching A Gift For Teachings annual back-toschool PUSH (for kids) campaign runs through September. Its a communitywide engagement effort to generate the supplies and resources students need for the school year. This years goal is to raise $140,000 and 1.4 million school supplies. And the organization has the power to leverage your $1 gift into $10 worth of sup plies for a child. To make a contribution, visit www.agiftforteaching.org and click on Donate Now. Checks can also be mailed to: A Gift For Teaching, 6501 Magic Way, Bldg. #400C, Orlando, FL 32809. Visit these retailers, which are offering special promotions and deals to benet A Gift For Teaching: Fridays at RDV Sportsplex: Come from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a portion of proceeds will benet A Gift For Teaching. brand new school supplies and help see how many supplies it takes to ll up the interior of a 2013 Ford Escape. First 100 patrons receive a voucher for a free Yum Yum cupcake. Park 4Rivers location and mention A Gift For Teaching, where 10 percent of your total will be donated to A Gift For Teach ing. Jacket Park: Meet at 9 a.m. for a tness boot camp. Cost is $10 and all proceeds will benet A Gift For Teaching. For more information, visit www.agift forteaching.com or call 407-318-3123.Summer of DreamsFifth Third Bank is accepting donations for school supplies and nancial contribu tions for the Summer of Dreams through August. To donate or learn more, visit www.TheSummerofDreams.com or www. agiftforteaching.orgChildrens Home Society of FloridaThe Childrens Home Society of Florida, Central Florida Division is hosting a backto-school drive. They are accepting donations at the following drop-off locations: Road, Winter Park Orlando Ave., Maitland State Road 434, Longwood opment main ofce at 1375 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park Call 321-397-3004 to schedule deliveries. Visit http://chs.org/bts School supplies on saleHabitat for Humanity of Greater Orlandos two ReStore locations received a huge donation of brand new school supplies and is selling them at 30 to 60 percent off retail prices. That includes pens, high lighters, notebooks, glue, etc. The store is on Colonial Drive just East of Lake Bald win Lane, 4835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando.Donate last years clothes to GoodwillDonate last years wardrobe to Goodwill Industries of Central Florida before buying new school clothes this year As our children prepare to go back to school, par ents have the opportunity to teach them a valuable life lesson: what to do with the things they no longer need. Before pur chasing those much-needed sneakers, clothes and supplies, parents can take the time with their kids to sift through the things theyve outgrown and decide whether they can be donated to Goodwill. Not only is donating to and shopping at Goodwill good for people, its great for the planet because it diverts items from land lls. The store is at 750 N. Orange Ave. in Winter Park. To help kids calculate the positive impact of their Goodwill dona tions, visit the Donation Impact Calculator (patent pending) at donate.goodwill.org Introducing the newest Tranquil Oaks Cremation Garden at Baldwin-Fairchild Glen Haven a breathtaking garden lled with beautiful and lasting options for families and individuals choosing cremation.Cremation with remembrance...what a beautiful idea. Glen Haven Memorial Park STEIFor a COMPLIMENTARY TOUR OR INF ORMATION, call (877) 531-6257 or visit BaldwinFairchildC remationI nfo.com.Oaklawn Park Cemetery Offering the Simplicity Plan Give them a place to leave flowers. Give them a place to leave flowers. TOBF_WtParkMaitlandObserv_3colx5.indd 1 7/17/12 3:31 PM Find I LUV Winter Park merchandise and local art at ILUVParkAvenue.com407-539-3977 AUGUSTPeak Season Pops is hosting a month long fundraiser 25 percent of sales from all pupsicles in August will benet WinterParkLostPets.coms The Lost Pets Foundation. Pupsicles are available at The Winter Park Farmers Market, Maitland Farmers Market and the Winter Park Food Truck Stop.AUG. 9Enzians popcorn icks in Central Park will feature Babe at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Gather friends, grab a blanket and enjoy classic family lms once a month under the stars in Winter Parks Central Park. Films and popcorn are free compliments of En zian. Visit Enzian.org or call 407-6291088 for more information.AUG. 17Movies in the Park featuring Cars is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, on the Village Center Green (in front of Barnies) in Baldwin Park. Family activities will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by enter tainment and announcements at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Seating is limited, so arrive early!AUG. 18Come celebrate family fun days at the Maitland Art Center on select dates. On Aug. 18, learn about calling cards, the social network of the past, at the A&Hs Waterhouse Residence Museum. On Sept. 15, make sound waves and string telephones at the A&Hs Telephone Museum. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org Creald School of Art culminates its popular summer ArtCamp program with a youth art exhibition featuring works of the next generation of talent ed artists from Aug. 18 Sept. 8 in the Showalter Hughes Community gallery on Crealds campus, with almost 300 pieces of artwork on display. Light refreshments are served. Contact 407671-1886 or visit crealde.org Track Shacks 21st Annual Celebration of Running 5k will be on Satur day, Aug. 18, at the Orlando Science Center Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princ eton St. The 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., the Healthy 100 Kids Run will begin, and awards will be given out at 9 a.m. This is the rst of six premier Orlando running and walking races. For more information, visit trackshack.comAUG. 20Orange County students get back in the swing of things on Monday, Aug. 20, the rst day of the 2012-2013 school year.SEPT. 3The kids are off school on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.SEPT. 10The Art and History Museums Mai tland presents classes and workshops for children and adults begin ning on Sept. 10, including painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry and pottery. Register at ArtandHistory.org, by phone at 407-539-2181, ext. 265, or in person at 231 W. Packwood Ave.ONGOINGAt 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, the Maitland 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. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.comnold Palmer Hospital last week, Whitaker said. All of them learn ing about the battle theyre about to begin. What happens to us and the way we respond to what happens to us is what gives us our power, Bonus said. Theres a little gap in between what happens to you and how you respond when you have to make a choice. She calls them little adults I just think theyre amazing, Bonus said. I think theyre like heroes in my mind. And so Friday evening, as a passing storm refused to go away, budding stars nervously hid faces behind scary masks and intimi dating paint, waiting for the spot light. A few hours before the show blood sugar was above 300 milligrams per deciliter, more than triple the normal range. On top of her sickle cell disease, the perfectly healthy-looking teen had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes the day before. She squeezed her new diabetes bear, Rufus, and gave herself a shot so the show could go on. He was in the audience cheer bear. Im glad I have him be cause he knows what Im going through. encouragement. Though she hides a bit behind a shy smile, she said she always wanted to be a singer or an actor. This was her time to shine. after a week of preparing for their breakout roles, the kids and their brave faces came out the ones theyve been showing their whole lives. Theyre hurting, Bonus said. But when theyre having fun, it doesnt hurt as bad. So Tytianna danced happily across the stage. Danny and Jor dan stood proud and strong. And BASE | Children find happiness and escape with art, despite suffering from cancer CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERSandy Bonus Fine Arts Claire Komujuni coaches sisters Jamie, center, and Cady, left, before they act in a play in honor of their brother, Alec, who wasnt able to play his part. Be back-to-school ready Heres a listing of back-to-school drives and events to help you and the community prepare for the new school year, which starts Aug. 20 in Orange County and Aug. 13 in Seminole County Filling backpacks with supplies

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Page 11 Breaking news Arts are good for business Enlightened business leaders have known this to be true for decades, but new research released by American for the Arts and culture industry generates $264 million in annual economic activity in the seven-county Central Florida region. According to the study, the arts support 8,966 full-time jobs and generate $36 million in local and state government revenues. This is the most comprehensive economic impact culture industry ever conducted attract and retain high-level busi nesses and improve the quality of our lives in short, support for the betterment of our community, and this AEPIV research backs that up, said Flora Maria Garcia, Arts. The full report is available at AmericansForTheArts.org/ EconomicImpact. For information the arts, visit TheArtsMatter.comAug. 10 Maitlands Summer Concerts continue The Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. as the Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun. Concerts take place in A&Hs beautiful Main Garden at 231 W. Packwood Ave. in Maitland. The Dave Capp Project promises a great beginning to the summer weekend with their musical combination of old-school and contemporary jazz, blues and ballads. Patrons can also hear literary readings from Maitland Poets & Writers, and stop by A&Hs Main Galleries to view the exhibit: A Day in the Life of the Research Studio. A bar is available, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. Admission is $3. Call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org at Urban ReThink In a series that captures the ReThink brings together a group of diverse and interesting minds, colliding to discuss creative solutions to our communitys un is a purposefully thought-pro voking evening, which begins Monday, Aug. 13, at 6:25 p.m. Even its start time causes one to think. This months par ticipants are Jeremy Seghers, an actor, director, producer and art curator; James Jessup, a brainy py, the founder of iDignity, and city of Orlandos 2011 Person of the Year; and Bill Segal, a former District 5 county commissioner. One week prior to the event, each was given a challenge to consider and present on Aug. 13. Each challenge addresses a social issue from our area with the dialogue meant to promote a more healthy, vibrant and livable community. E. Central Blvd. in downtown com or call 407-704-6895.Aug. 15 and 29 Natalie Cordone returns who fortunately for us makes her home in Central Florida. This amazing singer will appear in the Winter Park Playhouse Cabaret Series with her new show Sentimental Journey on Aug. 15 and Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. A heartwarming look at love told through the songs of the 1940s to ret is inspired by personal memories and stories from Winter Park Cordone is currently performing sense, which runs through Aug. be joined by Chris Leavy at the performances with the Orlando Opera and Orlando Philharmonic. We are told to watch for possible guest appearances from one or more of her leading men as an added highlight to the cabaret performance. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.orgAug. 25 The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair Central Florida arts and culture season, and whether you are new to the area or a patron of the arts here in Central Florida, this one evening serves as a not-to-be missed fundraiser and variety performance. Moved along at a brisk pace by Director John DiDonna, the evening is your sampler ticket to this seasons will be provided by Art & His tory MuseumsMaitland, ArtistsRegistry, Empty Spaces Theatre Collaboration, the Bach Festival, Enzian and Florida Opera Theatre, among others. The evening is a fundraiser for the Red Chair Project, a collaborative of more than 360 arts organizations work ing to promote the arts. The 8th held at the Bob Carr PAC. Call 407-872-2382 for tickets.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. 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Page 12 HomesObserver Homes brought to you by: Fannie Hillman + AssociatesServing Central Florida for over 31 years!407-644-1234 fanniehillman.com INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerMary Ann SteltenkampRealtor Sales Assoc.407.645.4321 Winter Park $499,500 4 BR | 2 BA | 1,967 SF Altamonte Springs $550,000 2 BR | 2.5 BA | 1,941 SF Winter Park $3,200,000 5 BR | 4 BA | 5,384 SF Maitland Winter Park SOUTH BEACH FLAIR AND GLENDA K. MASSIE, P.A. 407-697-8796 By now youve most likely Whether you are in process of negotiating a short sale with the bank, considering purchas ing one or know someone who has, the topic is inescapable. I remember a few years back when short sales were far less commonplace and had a terrible reputation. Having dealt with hundreds of distressed proper ties myself, I can attest to the anxiety the mere mention of a short sale can create. Times however, they are a changin. Short sale isnt the four-letter word it once was. Lets debunk three of the mostcommon myths as they relate to the short sale process: 1) Foreclosures and short sales are the same. This one couldnt be farther from the truth. For one, the consequences of a foreclosure versus a short sale are vastly foreclosure may lower credit scores about 200 to 300 points and usually impacts said score up to three years. Short sales are normally reported to credit bu reaus paid as agreed or paid as negotiated, and as such may only lower the borrowers score as little as 50 points (if all other on time). Having a foreclosure in their recent history will prevent a borrower from obtain ing a Fannie Mae-backed loan for up to seven years, as well ing rates for the same period of time. A borrower who completes a short sale can be eligible for an FHA loan in as few as three years. More good news if handled properly, a short sales impact on the borrowers credit may be as brief as 18 months. One of the most important difjudgments. In all foreclosures, the bank has the right to pursue judgment. In some successful ment can be waived, leaving the borrower with a clean slate, so to speak. short sale, I can buy it. Yes and no. Depends on whether the short sale has been approved. Some banks actively seek out eligible homeowners to participate in what are called cooperative short sales. In these cases the banks agree to allow the owners to complete a short sale, almost no questions asked. Homeowners dont need to show tax returns, bank state ments or pay stubs, and often are given monetary relocation assistance. So in these cases the banks have agreed to a price they will sell the home for. If you are looking at an online short sale listing you will likely see price approved somewhere in the remarks. Other times, due to the length of the negotiations in some short sales, buyers may grow weary of wait ing right as the lender approves a price. In that instance, the listing may be placed as active again and other buyers will have the opportunity to pig gyback on the previous negotia tions. So, the listing price may you can actually buy the home 3) Im interested in a short sale. Because the property is disbelow market value, and the bank will take it. Probably not, unless the home needs major work. In the short sale process the banks will likely obtain more than one opinion of value both from Realtors as well as appraisers. The price the bank will approve in the end will likely fall in line with market value of similar homes that have sold in the immediate area. If you want to check similar sold homes in the same neighborhood within the past three to six months. If none exist, try the surrounding area up to a mile from the home. Look for homes that are within in-questions age, and with the same bed/bath count as well as square footage and comparable features. The bank will base what price they approve for a short sale on that data, as well as the condition of the home. come a long way in the past few years. Many lenders have made streamlining and reforming the way they handle these sales a main focus. As a result, both buyers and sellers may want to reconsider them as options. In the end, just like people, each keep an open mind.Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or www. ChristinaSellsOrlando.comDebunking the short sale mythCHRISTINA RORDAM Guest Writer

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Page 13 Real Estate Briefs Fannie Hillman hits $37M Second quarter transactions for Fannie Hillman + Associates hit the century mark for more than $37.6 million, giving the Winter Park rm a sales volume of just more than $10.6 million per month over the rst six months. Im condent better days are ahead as market conditions remain favorable, said company president Scott Hillman. He noted overall inventory in Orange and Seminole counties was at its lowest level since 2005, average interest rates were 3.8 percent for a 30-year mortgage, and pending home sales in Orange and Semi nole counties were 9,000 plus as of June 30. Thats the number well be watching closely as 81 percent of those 9,000 plus homes are distressed properties, which I believe will decrease signicantly by years end given current market condi tions, Hillman said. Another positive sign was the com panys average second quarter sale of $376,123, which was up 10 percent over a comparable period last year, a reec tion of the continued rise in the areas existing home prices. The median home price in June was hovering right around $125,000, up 14 percent over June 2011. For more information, call 407-6441234 or visit fanniehillman.comNew lease in Gateway PlazaNAI Realvest recently negotiated a new ofce lease in Gateway Plaza at 1201 S. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. NAI Realvest Principal Tom R. Kelley II, CCIM repre sented the tenant Fimognari Financial in a lease agreement for suite 320 with 1,481 square feet. Gateway Plaza Ltd. is the landlord.No-Limit Marketing moves inWinston James Development has agreed to lease additional ofce space at its Aloma Business Center on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park to the No-Limit Marketing rm. The tenant leased 940 square feet and is an Internet multi-media marketing rm. College Park remodelVanson Enterprises Inc., Orlandos pre mium, woman-owned general contracting and construction company, recently began a large-scale renovation project at a College Park, residence. Vanson Enter prises, now in its 21st year, is working n ishing a kitchen renovation and addition complete with new tiled oors, cabinets and granite countertops. Vanson will also t a new master suite with a glass shower and travertine entry. Thanks to Vansons renovations, the College Park homes value will increase by about 45 percent. Tolaris appoints new sales associatesTolaris Realty Group, which sells luxury homes throughout Central Florida from its headquarters at Lake Forest in north Seminole County, recently appointed three new sales associates. They are Brandon Howard, Byron Hosey and Rick Bavec Jr.Emerson leases 1,300 square feetEmerson International recently negotiated three long-term lease agreements for of ce space totaling 12,820 square feet. a new lease for 3,905 square feet of of ce space in Major Center Plaza at 5750 Major Center Blvd. erson International negotiated a new veyear lease agreement with North Orlando Spine Center LLC for 2,447 square feet of professional ofce space in the Sanlando Center, 2160 W. State Road 434 in Long wood. lease for ve more years in the Sanlando Center at 2180 W. State Road 434 and ex panded by another 6,468 square feet for a total occupancy of 34,682 square feet at Sanlando Center. NAI Realvest young bloods take on bigger projectsWhen NAI Realvest in Maitland announced a mentoring program for young brokers in late 2011, Managing Partner Paul Partyka said he hoped the young bloods would inspire an energetic new approach to commercial real estate services. He didnt expect a portfolio of new business for the 30-year-old company, which ranks as one of Central Floridas largest and most active commercial real estate companies and one of the largest industrial development rms in the region. The young bloods are growing up fast, and they bring a very aggressive ap proach to the business, said Partyka, himself a 30-year commercial real estate veteran. Aron Harrison, who mentors with Mez Birdie, NAI Realvests director of retail and investment services, recently listed 23,000 square feet of commercial space in Casselberry. Mitch Heidrich, who mentors with Matt Cichocki and Kevin OConnor, both partners in NAI Realvest, helped secure a major listing by cold calling the owners of Church Street Station. Eric Parrs, who mentors with NAI Realvest Principal Tom Hankins, pitched in with project, market and nancial analyses and is currently working with Oviedo Town Center to market a 54-acre parcel that will accommodate 150,000 square feet of commercial space in the initial phase. Michael Heidrich Jr. who mentors with his father, a long time NAI Realvest part ner and one of the regions leading land and industrial property brokers, has already listed several land offerings and closed on transactions valued at more than $700,000, including industrial land and industrial space deals that total more than 6,000 square feet of space. Partyka said he couldnt be more pleased. They are developing their real estate sense, imagining appropriate uses when they see vacant properties and then looking up owners and potential end-users, he said. Pictured are new associates Mitch Heidrich, Eric Parrs, Mike Heidrich Jr. and Aron Harrison with Paul Partyka, front.

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Page 14 Opinions W hen you move to Florida from someplace else you are likely to have the same discovery are industries, large companies exist, but I think the person who best adjusts to Florida is one of an entrepreneurial nature, ready to get creative when necessary. That acknowledgement isnt new moms experience as they adjust to a whole new person or persons in the family, and become interested in possibilities that will Ashley Hall is one such local mom. With two boys, Layton, almost 5, and Jude, almost 2, she found herself desiring something less than a 9-to-5 job and more time with them. Having worked degree in interior design, she began looking for ways to thread the needle, as many moms do, to continue to do something she felt passionate about, but having it take less time and be done from home. Her answer, I believe, is similar to ones playing out now in various forms across the country, as technology, and even the trend toward more locally sourced products, has taken hold. She opened an online Etsy store called The Yellow Tulip, honor ing her great-grandmother by sought out local retailers to carry the products she would create picture frames made of reclaimed barn and fence wood, and rejuvenated childrens antiques. I met Ashley at her home this past weekend and immediately noticed likely signs that both a fan of design and vintage lived here, from a large seashell embel lished chandelier on the dining room table waiting to be hung, to unusual toile fabrics in a deep gold and red, to the vintage bas sinette rocker, which has been in the family since the early 1900s. Her boys now enjoy playing upon it. We talked in her work area upstairs, adjacent to Laytons bedroom. We go into the space as Layton comes running in behind, wanting to be included. He hears me mention my recorder and wants to know what that is. His father, the glimpse into her world. It provides a reminder of why shes made the choices she has. As we sit down, I notice her boys artwork is mixed with materials she uses, and pieces she may have provided the TLC of which she would soon speak. Antiques I have always loved antiques, she says, Ive always been drawn to the story that they tell, their history, when this happened in the world. When I was in college we used to go up to Anderson (S.C.) for spring break, for vacation. Id come back with a carload of antiques. Ive just always loved antiques. I once turned an old Singer sewing machine into my vanity. I painted it pink and put glass on the top and it was my makeup vanity. She talks of falling in love re cently with childrens antiques in particular. But it wasnt until re cently that I discovered just how much I love childrens pieces, how darling they can be, their real personality. She acknowl edges its very much because of her boys, then continued, I just give them some TLC and bring it back to life and let it tell its own story. Thats the one side of the business that I just love, but the other side that I just recently started on is doing the frames, the picture frames. What I love about the picture frames and Im very passionate about is that I use a mix of east versus west and old versus new. And I love the layering aspect of that. The barn wood is actual, authentic reclaimed wood from barns and fences. I either leave it as is, in its natural state, weathered state or I can whitewash it. And Ive just started doing this line for Chloe Lane with a turquoise wash. Her pieces are also available at Lily Lace Antique Market and The Primrose Shop. I ask her if she is an old soul, and am surprised how quickly remember being 5 or 6 years old, staying home sick from school and all I wanted to do was watch Gone with the Wind. She later adds, I remember being 3 and 4 years old and going to see my great-grandmother and open ing up the hutch in her kitchen and seeing all the old tea cups and saucers and playing with all that, and the little salt sellers, her jewelry box. Ive just always been drawn to things, old things, which have a history. She talks about contrasts and layers, Juxtaposition I just love the juxtaposition of the old, weathered, beaten-up wood with of that with the weathering. She & Winn for helping her develop her design aesthetic. Designers Sam Ewing and Gail Winn had a huge impact on my life, how I look at things and how I see things in a design sense. I ask how, and she refers to their keen eye, and knowing what each client wanted, with an incredible knack for scale, proportion and color. I feel very blessed to have years right out of college because they really helped mold my perspective, whats aesthetically pleasing, she said. She gets excited and says, one of my recent purchases Im so proud of is, I just bought a brander for marking the backs of her picture frames. She talks about how hot it gets and making sure her boys are never near it. Could you now go to work branding steers, I ask? Absolutely not. Im too much of an animal lover. Moms seeking new possibili ties do have limits.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 iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net or write to ILuv Winter Park on Facebook or Twitter.Clyde Moore I LUV Winter ParkFraming her lifeRe: The freedom to vote is at stakeI read with interest Rollins As sistant Professor Julia Maskivkers letter, The freedom to vote is at stake (published Aug. 2). Im sure that as a teacher of political science, Dr. Maskivker has formed her opinions about voter fraud by studying all the facts available. I have heard arguments similar to Dr. Maskivkers, but such claims as, (1) voter fraud in America is virtually non-existent or (2) requiring photo IDs disenfranchises eligible voters, particularly minorities. As a registered voter with proper ID, I too am concerned with being disenfranchised. Even set my valid vote with one that is fraudulently cast. We in Florida are aware how close elections can be. A Winter Park mayoral race was won by a single vote. The 2000 presidential election was so close it had to be resolved by the Supreme Court. I Googled voter fraud and found numerous incidents happening today nationwide. In Miswas sentenced to prison on 10 counts of illegally using absentee ballots. In Washington, D.C., an investigative reporter for Project Veritas videotaped his encounter at the polls where he asked for and received Eric Holders ballot without showing his ID, which he claimed he had left in his car. The reporter left before voting and sent the tape to a stunned House Judiciary Committee. On the issue of hardship for minorities requiring photo IDs, blogger Demetrius Minor, a member of Project 21s Black There is an implied notion minorities, are not smart enough notoriously known for claiming to be the champions for minority rights and equality, while invok ing that the federal government must be the spokesperson for [minorities] because they are simply incapable of thinking on their own. What exactly is preventing young people and minorities acquire a photo ID? All Americans should reject this rhetoric. It is a common class warfare antic used by the Left to attempt to paint voter ID activists and advo cates as racially motivated. I would like to ask Dr. Maskivker what her students think about the issue. I hope that as a professor of the science of politics, she would give them the facts and let them form their own conclusions. Freedom of thought is a fundamental of the liberal arts education. Kathryn Grammer Winter ParkFlorida and fair elections: failure is not an optionFlorida is on the frontlines of the national election, and the Florida Interstate 4 corridor is a big part of that story. One of the newest stories to emerge this year is the announcement by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner about intentions to continue the systematic purging of voters from Floridas voter rolls, despite the proximity of the Aug. elections. Are Floridas purges within 90 days of a federal election endangering eligible voters? The League of Women Voters says, emphatically, yes. Recent headlines highlighting eligible voters who have received warning letters from the state requiring them to prove their citizenship in order to stay on the rolls show that the states actions have put eligible citizens democratic rights at risk. The most recent admission by Detzner that the lists most recently provided to Floridas supervisors of elections were based on obsolete and outdated information is part of a pattern in Florida that has had the impact of unlawfully disenfranchis ing, in some cases, thousands of eligible voters. The League asked Detzner and Gov. Rick Scott last month to safeguard the voting process. The League has doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the federal data match that the state is planning to undertake, and we are calling on Floridas leaders to ensure that eligible voters are not removed erroneously from the rolls. The League believes that accurate, up-to-date voter lists are critical. We salute the work that Floridas 67 supervisors of elec tions do every day, as they and ately maintain a voter database of more than 11 million Florida citizens. Purges based on inaccurate information are unacceptable and put Floridas eligible voters, like the World War II veterans and small business owners we have all read about, at risk. Hasty and have been shown this year and in previous elections to endanger the status of everyday eligible Floridians. The League asks: Is your registration up to date? Avoid problems and get informed. Visit BeReadyToVote.org Deirdre Macnab State president League of Women Voters of Florida PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVERAshley Hall stands before a selection of her picture frames and refurbished antique items at Lily Lace Antique Market in Maitland. The frames are made out of reclaimed barn wood.We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local Winter Park Honey Winter Park Honey is a truly unique example for our weekly Local LUVn Local spotlight. Who makes it? Local bees do! And the product they make has benets for aiding in dealing with allergies experienced in the area, as well as arthritis, coughs, u, chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) and bromyalgia. Winter Park Honey began as a hobby, a LUV of honeybees and passion for creating awesome-tasting healthy honey, and has made them popular worldwide. All of the honey from Winter Park Honey is raw, unheated, unltered and unstrained to preserve the honeys natural healthful benets. Each bottle of honey has a unique avor dependent on the nectar from local owers. The honey is harvested frequently to capture the delicate avors of the seasonal nectars. Each bottle is like a ne wine. Find out more at winterparkhoney.com Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at jandreasson@turnstilemediagroup.com

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Page 15 While I have been diligently working to raise the citys consciousness on both particularly bicycle and pedestrian theyve been diligently pursuing another agenda: installing seemingly eschewing modern-day GPS and smartphone apps and seeking $3.2 million to install railroad quiet zones in the name of safety. And thats $3.2 million in addition to an undisclosed amount for safety improvements by SunRail at all the same Winter Park crossings. Well, theyll tell you its about safety, while its really about noise abatement something they started pursuing in 2006 when the cost was estimated at $2 million. I will digress to set the stage before con veying the rich irony and misguidedness of these so-called quiet zones. tion Plan there are 17 proposed transpor tation projects totaling tens of millions of dollars with only four funded, and only one of those funded by the city through its In addition, there are 52 pedestrian and bicycle circulation projects planned, all of which are unfunded/seeking grants. You see, in an outdated model of relying on state and federal largess, Winter Park will only do new improvements if funded from somewhere else. This is why the mayor can crow that the citys ad valorem taxes arent being raised. But if youve looked, you will have noin Winter Park are on state roads, because that money is the easiest to obtain, and we coattail on FDOT maintenance projects. And what else may have you noticed? and/or obscured by trees and shrubbery; thermoplastic road striping at intersections and crosswalks are badly worn and in need of replacement; and my street, for example, has had a broken curb and gutter and deteriorated asphalt for years. In addition, our Commission loves reso lutions. If they smell cash, they use these as an odd way of putting out word that they are looking for money for projects they are unwilling to underwrite them selves but still desire. I really dont get this quiet zone ini tiative. Trains have been running through Winter Park night and day for decades. With SunRail (and the economy in the hopper), there will be many fewer freight trains, and though more passenger trains, they will be very short only three cars. The passenger trains have shrouded (di rectional) horns to minimize noise pollution; and they run only during the day. But the crowning irony is that this whole train whistle noise issue is driven by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who erning noise, which requires overkill for an urban railway with tight curves and necessarily slow moving trains. Train whistles in rural areas with signal-less crossings? Of course. In urban areas already equipped per crossing, and thats no typo zero dollars is for one they intend to close. Apparently there is money left on the track so to speak from the estimated cost of the SunRail station. In a use-it-orlose-it philosophy, Winter Park wants to redeploy that excess for quiet zones. But to justify that it must expend the funds in or around the SunRail station, which isnt sleepers reside. Hence, the resolution to fund the shortfall to silence at all Winter Park crossings. But goodness! This is the priority of our Commission not maintaining the infrastructure we have in place; not enhancing bicycle, pedestrian and others induce more people to bike and walk; not interconnecting our bike lanes and multiuse trails; not bringing our school crosswalks into the 21st century; and not providing sidewalks throughout Winter Park on at least one side of the street and on both within walking distance of all our schools. will ask is: How do you intend to fund it? Just imagine if we created a special assess ment district for only those residents who topic would be dead in the water.William Shallcross Jr. is a civil engineering consultant licensed in Florida since 1983. He has resided in Winter Park since 2003. Chris Jepson PerspectivesLouis Roney Play On!Will quiet zones help you sleep at night?WILLIAM SHALLCROSS JR. Guest WriterRound and round we go in the spin were in... Richard Land (on his show Richard Land Live! on WORL) says that he thinks Obama is an honest man who really believes in what he is doing but that he is wrong dead wrong! Cant being wrong do great dam age no matter what the intent? Obama euphemistically speaks of investing when he should be saying spending. Out of every $100 that Obama glee fully invests, we are borrowing $40 at considerable interest. Isnt a surprising element in the evaluation of Obama and his regime the fact that people like Mr. Land dont seem to connect the present Obama with his Chicago roots, and the umbilical cord leading straight from Jeremiah Wright and terrorists Bill Ayer and Bernadette Dorn? Then throw Hungarian-born George Soros into the mix. Have we forgotten that long ago Soros announced his goal to reduce the Obama has selected czars to do his handiwork. Obama speaks of sharing the wealth, and isnt it your wealth he is planning to share? Slowly and steadily he is debauching our Constitution. The idea of destroying a country through reckless spending has many examples at hand in American neighborhoods where greed has overcome reason. We are now committing ourselves to sink America at the rate of 40 percent per throw, and there are few voices crying out in our national wilderness. I had great hopes for Obama and great African-American president with the qualities and character of a Thomas not rescue us from the maelstrom that America is caught up in.Teachings worth depends on kidsWhen one teaches in an institution of higher learning, one often enjoys a transitory satisfaction by calling his activities work. One may easily deceive himself into thinking that he is giving students a more worthwhile future while he is having the pleasure of spending time with a beguiling new generation. I warn kids never to try to imitate anybody things the best human beings exemplify. Teaching is a form of histrionics where self-importance may convince one that he is vastly improving the lives of young people by passing on the same brand of hocus-pocus that has ended up with his being a teacher. Dont get me wrong, teaching is an activity that can lead to glowing moments, but much depends on the overall qualities of the kid who walks through the door into the classroom. As they used to put it: You cant teach a pig to sing.On the brink of WWIII?Feb 1, 2012A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam that he would like to prepare Egyptians for war with Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business news paper Calcalist. When you think of the pistol shot that killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand the event that started WWI you may extrapolate the result of Muslim enmity toward Israel. If Israel is attacked, WWIII could be quick to follow.Safeguard our Second AmendmentAfter 18 months of hedging, on June 20, President Obama used executive privilege to shelter Attorney General Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious gunof someone in the documents that is being protected? Is corruption here being covered up at White House level? Is there any covert desire to weaken or eliminate the Second Amendment, our Legislative bulwark against dictatorial threats?About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)If you have only two pennies, spend the your soul. Proverb In 2000, while serving as an elected councilman for the city of Oviedo, I convinced my fellow councilmen to put on the ballot a $10 million initiative to construct my vision for a combination Creald-style arts center and performing arts theater. which 10 acres were buildable for a theater and arts facilities. I anticipated multiple classrooms for art, galleries and a 400 to 500-seat theater that 18-wheelers could back into and unload productions. I envisioned an Oviedo (eastern Seminole County) theater troupe. I also planned to have a full institutional quality kitchen adjoining a large meeting room (adjoining galleries) to host banquets and community groups. All this surrounded by gardens and walkways through the remaining 30 acres of tree-covered low lands, with outdoor art liberally inter spersed. I announced to the Orlando Sentinel that if the voters didnt want an Oviedo arts center that they should not re-elect me. The center was approved by about 35 percent of those voting. It and I lost. My I am not at all disposed to the process of ever, I had accomplished my immediate goal of dealing with roads in Oviedo. I deeply regret not convincing another 16 percent of the electorate that such a center would be a community asset of in estimable long-term value. That it would, among other things, distinguish Oviedo as a unique and leading community within the Orlando metro-area. Mine is no cautionary tale. I failed because I did not convincingly convey a clear vision of how art (its creation, dis play and accessibility) makes for a richer (in every sense of the word) community. The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself. Woody Dumas, former mayor of Baton Rouge, La. The city of Maitland is at a crossroads. You have what many cities across America could only wish for an established art treasure in the form of the Maitland Art Center. It has a long, illustrious history. A history of national repute. The center endorsement and assurances that, going forward, the city of Maitland will commit In the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ordered work to go ahead on the completion of the dome of the Capitol. When critics protested the diversion of labor and money from the prosecution of the war, Lincoln said, If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign that we intend this Union shall go on. Franklin Roosevelt recalled this story in 1941 when, with the world in the blaze of war, he dedicated the National Gallery in Washington. And John Kennedy recalled both these stories when he asked for public support for the arts in 1962. Lincoln and Roosevelt, Kennedy said, understood that the life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nations purpose and is a test of the quality of a nations civilization. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. The Maitland City Council is being tested. Demonstrate leadership/vision. 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.USAn appeal to the Maitland City Council Down and down we go William Shallcross Jr.

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As plans for SunRail continue to chug along the track, Central Florida cities in cluding Maitland are reevaluating their decisions to jump on board with another commuter transportation system still in de velopment. tation System that is set to launch along with SunRail to encourage commuter rider ship, is planning its demonstration phase in partnership with Maitland, Altamonte system, powered by Lynx, would work on to call or go online to schedule a bus pickup and have a vehicle respond to their stop lo cation within 12 minutes. component for the cities when it comes to the success of SunRail, by it giving commut west to get to the stations, where the rail can carry them north and south. But what looked good on paper, members of the Mai plicated in implementation as the Novem ber 2013 launch date inches closer. about this? As design plans move forward with all Systems, worries of cost, stop locations and plan implementation were brought up at Council. said, noting the integral role FlexBus is pro jected to have on SunRail ridership. We are calling on Floridas leaders to ensure that eligible voters are not removed erroneously from the rolls. Page 14 Letters to the editor Lifestyles BASE Camp kids spent last week immersed in the arts and theater at Sandy Bonus Maitland studio. Page 9 Observer Homes Short sale isnt the four-letter word it once was. An area Realtor debunks three of the most-common myths. Page 12 Calendar On Friday, The Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun in the A&H garden. Page 8 CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security Bob@aSafeHarbor.com | ASafeHarbor.com(407) 644-6646 Learn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com When faced with stormy nancial waters, seek... Call us today for your guide to Social Security!404-644-6646 or visit www.ss.vip2site.com 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 a razor-thin ballot on Primary Elec eight candidates in give them a push to the general election in November. And ocratic and Repub lican voters, with 13 choices each to be made on their re spective ballots. For some, the votes have already been cast. More than 5,000 voters turned out for early voting in just the the eight-day early Orange County Supervisor of Elec tions Bill Cowles said. on Monday typically a slow day expecting a strong turnout dur Alfond Sports Center at Rollins College to hear from President Barack Obama on Aug. 2. tween Ohio, Florida and Virginia that made a whirlwind out of the end of the week, just before brating his 51st birthday on Saturday, the Rollins day to You serenade. to do with electoral votes. election, had originally expected to deliver a news broke of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., he canceled that speech. Speaking in front of thousands of supporters PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd at Rollins Colleges Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center on Thursday, Aug. 2. Please see OBAMA on page 2 Obama rallies Rollins Maitland and surrounding cities re-evaluate proposed ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Getting on the ex bus SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Please see COUNCIL on page 3 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER SunRails success, Maitlands mayor says, depends on the FlexBus system, which will take folks to the cities rail stations. Race to the primaries An update on the FlexBus project will be given at the next Maitland City Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 13, in Maitland City Hall. For more information on the project, visit itsmymaitland.com ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Please see ELECTION on page 2 John Mica Sandy Adams

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Page 2 ing the workweek, accelerating ing, Saturday, Aug. 11. gradual increase each day toward the end, he said. But that will still represent only a small percentage of eligible vot ers in the county, most of whom are expected to vote on Primary istered voters in the county. cluding candidates for incumbent ic and Republican parties and Or 5. But the most visible race is for 7 seat, being challenged by four candidates. son Kendall and Nick Ruiz both are hoping to bring a younger conservatives. On the Republican side, two well-known incumbents are running against each other in the wake of redistricting changes Rep. Sandy Adams both have roots in the area. By the time the dust clears emerge for the general election season. Adams, who had been hopping around early voting locations last Adams said her campaign is thing, making phone calls and going door-todoor as the primary sea son comes to a close. Both were still pushing for money as they were pushing for endorsements. campaign funds nearing Party Express, Florida Po lice Benevolent Association, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Mica enjoys advantages in fundraising and local endorsements, with in campaign funds and endorse Ken Bradley and Vice Mayor Ste ven Leary. endorsed by Ken Bradley but by sentee voters in the primary, as ly and in droves, said Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel, who reported that cast in Seminole County in the tion of Seminole County, branch Maitland and parts of east Orange County. crease in early voters so far, Ertel said. (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 INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENINGTHURSDAY, AUGUST 16 7:00PM AT REGAL WINTER PARKFor your chance to win a pass for two, text the word GHOSTS and your ZIP CODE to 43549Example Text: GHOSTS 32701 Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 14 at midnightNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Passes are available on a rst-come, rst-served basis. One pass per adult. Seating is limited so arrive early. Pass does not guarantee a seat at the screening. There is no charge to text 43KIX. Message and data rates from your wireless carrier may apply. This lm is rated PG. IN THEATERS AUGUST 17 FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas or social policy issues to focus on taxes, the economy, jobs and health care. talking about initiatives he would push for to strengthen the middle class. ises from his previous campaign, champion of typical American families. ily. Outside, protestors and sup porters of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney gathered across the street, holding pro-Romney signs. dle class tax dollars and give it to the top 2 percent of earners. He pointed to a recently released report from the non-partisan Brookings class families. OBAMA | Romney supporters protest C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE If you work hard, you shouldnt have to worry about whether you can afford to go to the doctor or pay your bills. Barack Obama Campaign funds of Republican candidates for U.S. Rep. District 7 as of July 25: John Mica $969,000 Sandy Adams $453,000 Early voting for the primary election runs through Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit www.orangecountyvotes. com ELECTION | Early voting runs through Saturday, Aug. 11 C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Page 3 558 W. New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319www.ClassicIronBeds.comAll iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations Save 20% off all Iron Bed & Linen Orders With this adexp 08/31/12 from public works to fund the cities sent a letter to Lynx voicing for Lynx, did calm some of their the goals of FlexBus as plans con tinue to evolve. began, Lewis wrote in the letter, tions, demographic shifts, indus try technology options and the introduction of the smartphone have all impacted the design and implementation of the FlexBus demonstration project. But, he said, Lynx is still com mitted to carry and support the project through the four-city launch next year. Members of the Maitland City Council will dis cuss FlexBus further after hearing representative at the Monday, Aug. 13, meeting. COUNCIL | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF LE CORDON BLEU COLLEGE Joe Hardiman, top left, president, and Edward Leonard, vice president, of Le Cordon Bleu greet State Attorney Lawson Lamar and wife Jo-Ann at the 10th Anniversary party. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ Winter Park Lost Pets mascots participated in Kids Fest at Publix in Winter Park Aug. 4. Pets loose in Publix Chef college is 10

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Page 4 Business Briefs Community Bulletin The groundbreaking ceremony for con struction expansion to the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Center was July 24. The construction project is estimated to be a $3.5 million investment in health care services for the area. The center is lo cated at 5931 Brick Court in Winter Park. Winter Parks Dr. Clifford P. Clark III, M.D. was recently named a Top Doctor in the plastic surgery category based on a national peer nomination process through U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Clarks ofce is located at 701 W. Morse Blvd. For more information, visit dr-clark. com Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila made his tory when he earned a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His speed and agility won him the gold, but it was barefoot running that made him a legend. Bikila may have been on to something, said Winter Park resident Carey Rothschild, an instructor of phys ical therapy at the University of Central Florida who specializes in orthopedic sports injuries. In a paper publishing next month in the Journal of Strength And Conditioning Research, Rothschild re views the research and provides a guide for those who want to explore barefoot running as a way to train for marathons. Its a 10-12 week program that slowly eases people who run in shoes onto their bare feet. Scott Brogan has been named principal of Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando. He replaces Thomas Doyle, who has been named co-president of the high school. Bryan Stewart, MBA, CFP has joined Stewart, Stewart & Associates, a nan cial advisory practice with Ameriprise Financial Services. Old Florida National Bank appointed Dennis J. Buhring, CPA, CMPE, Chief Executive Ofcer of Physician Associ ates, to the banks board of directors. Tom Hope recently joined Rollins College as associate vice president of market ing and communications. Prior to joining Rollins, he served as creative director at UCF. Ruths Hospitality Group Inc. will re ceive the rst city of Winter Park Busi ness Recognition Award of 2012 on Aug. 27. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce promoted Megan Lanier to program manager. Lanier has served as program coordinator for the organization since July 2011. Doyle makes deans list William Doyle, class of 2015, of Winter Park, was among more than 750 students from Union College who made the annual deans list. Doyle, a computer engineering major, is a 2011 graduate of Lyman High School. Feeding children in summer months Goodwill Industries of Central Florida re cently collected more than 6,500 pounds of food during its Fill the Need food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank. Residents were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, along with their Goodwill donations, to support Sec ond Harvests Fighting Hunger, Feed ing Hope campaign, which helps feed children while school is out during the summer months. To nd the nearest retail center, please visit goodwillc.org Youre no dummy vote! Comedian/ventriloquist Ed Thomas of Altamonte Springs and his dummy part ner, Hugo, are performing shows with the message to get out and vote. Thomas said, This was Hugos idea. He was upset that he couldnt vote because he is a dummy, so he wants to be sure that everyone who is not a dummy votes. Thomas believes if you dont vote, you dont have a right to complain about politics. Hugo agrees, which makes this the only thing that Thomas and Hugo have ever agreed on. Visit edthomasandhugo.com or call 407332-7233. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com International artist Peter Pettegrew (known for his brilliant skies and sunsets) has created an exhibit of 35 Florida landscapes, exclusively displayed at our Winter Park Gallery through August 18th.Fredlund Fine ArtsPresents Orlandos own Peter PettegrewWhere: 1143 Orange Avenue Winter Park 407-622-0102 fredlundgallery.com When: 11 to 6 Monday-Friday 9 to 5 Saturdays DENNINGORANGE AVEMINNESOTA FAIRBANKS 1143 ORANGE AVE17-92 Parking in rear off Minnesota Fertility Center expands High school students participate in original research at Rollins College Florida high school students from Oak Ridge High and Apopka High School are collaborating with Rollins College undergraduate students on cutting-edge sci entic research. As part of Rollins Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry Luis Martinez is overseeing innovative and challenging research projects being conducted by Rollins stu dents Jaciel Ferrera and Diana Cox, who are both chemistry majors. Collaborating with them are two high school students from the Rollins Upward Bound Program, a pre-collegiate program designed to reinforce academic preparation and success for low-income or rst-generation college aspirants. Pictured, Oak Ridge High School junior John Ducilon is assisting Ferrera with synthesizing a prescription drug (metformin) with a uorescent label that will be traceable in microscopy experiments to track where the drug is acting on the cellular level. Cox and Marjory Delva, a senior at Apopka High School, are also attempting something thats never been done before. They are identifying a new catalyst for a chemical reaction that can be used for the synthesis of a number of bioactive compounds. Chain of Lakes book wins award At the annual Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS) conference in Des tin, Fla., McQuiddy, a print and marketing solutions company in Nashville, Tenn., was presented with a Best of Category for Soft Cover Books award for its work with the Winter Park Chain of Lakes book, a piece by Elaine Sullivan. Elaine Sullivan grew up in Winter Park and owns a condo there with her husband where she enjoys the lakes frequently. She worked with David Mc Quiddy to put together a book that incorporated the history of the hotels and homes and the importance of the lakes to Winter Park. She is currently working on another book about Winter Park. The book can be purchased in Winter Park at various stores and museums, including Interiors, Millers, The Winter Park Historical Museum and the Morse Museum.

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Page 5 Vote Mica for Congress Aug. 14 www.micaforcongress.comRecord Not Rhetoric Watch Dog of the Treasury Award Faith and Freedom Coalition 100% Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Defenders of Liberty, American Conservative Union State Good Government Award, Florida Jaycees Guardian of Small Business Award Nearly Every National Veterans Service Award Including: Air Force Association National Military Family Association Non-Commissioned Ocers Association The Retired Enlisted Association Blinded American Veterans Foundation Vietnam Veterans of America Reserve Ocers AssociationPaid for by Mica for Congress (Republican) John Mica Repeal ObamaCare Balance the Budget Cut Government Spending No Tax Increases No Bailouts Secure Our Borders Now Make Government Work NOT Grow

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Page 6 You may have seen news items in the paper or on television high lighting one of our citys fastgrowing companies. That compa ny is Digital Risk and it employs nearly 1,500 people, some 800 of whom are your Central Florida friends and neighbors. But what exactly is Digital Risk and what do they do? Digital Risk calls itself the larg est independent provider of risk, compliance and transaction man agement solutions for the complex Risk embraces a stated mission to Make Mortgages Safe for both lenders and homeowners through a blending of data, analytics, peo ple and processes. As with many successful com panies, Digital Risk found op portunity in the face of adversity. During the mortgage meltdown, record numbers of foreclosures shook the industry. Many mort gages originated and sold prior to this time contained errors that increased their riskiness and led to a tidal wave of default. The in dustry as a whole also stood para lyzed against originating new loans until the lenders could safe ly underwrite mortgages again. Between a crippling past and a stalled present, the industry was at a crossroads. Thats when three Central Florida entrepreneurs stepped in. The leadership team of Peter Santos recognized the industrys dire need for independent risk management and Digital Risk was born. Since 2005, Digital Risk has provided clients such as servicers, originators, correspondents, in vestors and insurers with a com prehensive loan quality control package that includes origination, lateral risk, compliance review and customized forensic auditing. The goal, in essence, is to provide to lend money, and investors the assurance they need to trust that the mortgages they are buying are safely protected from risk. Before I mentioned data, ana lytics, people and processes, and those elements are the key to how Digital Risk performs these tasks, examining closed loans for errors and originating safer loans for clients. The individual talents of Digital Risks seasoned workforce proprietary technology and ad vanced analytics performed us ing the Making Mortgages Safe solutions suite. These proprietary platforms are the result of the analysis of more than $100 bil lion in mortgage loans, achiev ing the largest experience set in the industry. A patent pending process allows Digital Risk to continuously enhance its Making Mortgages Safe solutions suite for its clients as it on-boards and analyzes more than 73 billion data elements. However, technology cannot mendations for its clients, and thats where those 1,500 team members enter the picture. En abled by Digital Risks analytical platform, highly skilled teams meticulously review all data to ensure quality. These client-ded icated teams operate out of the Maitland headquarters, as well as ver, Jacksonville and Boca Raton. The following statistics attest to the companys rapid growth. Over the last 12 months alone, Digital Risk has touched one out of every 10 of all delinquent loans and nearly 30 percent of all performing and non-performing loans nationwide, and helped pre vent billions in potential losses on residential and commercial mort gage loans. One gratifying piece of the puzzle is the role Digital Risk plays in keeping distressed homeowners in their homes. The their lender-clients can be felt here in Central Florida and across the country. Most impressive, however, is Digital Risks team, large and growing even larger. CEO Peter Kassabov said the company plans to add 1,000 long-term career op portunities, not just jobs. The city of Maitland has worked with Dig ital Risk and Gov. Rick Scott to en sure the company is motivated to expand their Maitland presence. Of particular note about these positions is their highly skilled na ture, requiring a per-person train ing investment by Digital Risk of about $10,000. These credentialbuilding training programs bet ter prepare Maitland and Central Florida residents for advanced ca reers like those attainable at Digi tal Risk. Youll probably hear more about Digital Risk in the future, especially when their expansion plans come to full fruition. Who knows? You might be one of the next 1,000 team members brought on board. Digital Risk Marketing/ Communications Department City Council Agenda of Aug. 13 City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 13 in the Council Chambers, 1776 Indepen dence Lane. Below is the agenda for that meeting. Special Presentations Extension Engineering drea Bailey Cox, A&H Maitland, and John Cunningham, ACi Public Hearings for 2450 Maitland Center Parkway 2012-01 (AZ) Lakes of Maitland Condominium Association Inc. Zoning (Text) Amendment Pension Trust Fund Board Consent Agenda July 9 and July 23 Minutes of July 17 Advisory Board Minutes of May 6 and June 6 gal Expense Engineering Analysis Decision Items: America, Inc. (Old PBS&J) Review Committee For updates, visit itsmymait land.com www.pageschool.com Page Private School will be offering the High Reach Curriculum approved by the Department of Education. This program will enhance interactive hands-on experiences through language, physical development, and social skills. This curriculum will focus on science, math, language, community, and purposeful play. Assessments will be given twice a year to measure the academic progress of each student. P AGE P RIVATE S CHOOL PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL FOUNDED 1908PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOLN OW O FFERING VPK! Children must be 4 years old by September 1st. N OW O FFERING VPK! Children must be 4 years old by September 1st. C ALL F OR I NFORMATION August 20, 2012 June 7, 2013 University Park 407.678.033310250 University Blvd., Orlando, FL Ages 2 through Grade 8August 13, 2012 May 30, 2013 Towne Center 407.324.1144100 Aero Lane, Sanford, FL Ages 2 through Grade 8Hours 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. We offer extended hours from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Snacks provided by parents CALL FOR IN F ORMAT I ON Notice to Patients Winter Park Urology-East 7806 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 106 Orlando, Fl 32822Effective July 2, 2012 the Winter Park Urology East Orlando location will be closed. To ensure continuity of care, Julio C. Gundian, MD, David H. Jablonski, MD, Javier Miller, Jr., MD, and Inoel Rivera, MD will continue seeing patients at the Waterford Lakes location at 11317 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 100, Orlando FL 32825. Patient medical records will be transferred to the Waterford Lakes location at the address listed above, To schedule an appointment, please call 407.658.7631.Notice to Patients Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Digital Risk creates jobs

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Page 7 LAST CHANCE FOR THE GOOD LIFE!rffnf tffbff bbfbffbf fffb fbfffbf ftbfbrfShea Homes at Victoria Gardens is selling out with less than 20 home sites left! TrilogyLife.com/FL | 877.292.4511Discover the ultimate 55+ community: fb ff ffff f tfrbt f bftbfbbfffffffffffbffffb tbffbffffffbrfbbbnftfrfnftfrf frfnftfbfrfffffbffffrf ffbbfbfbffbbbfrfbfffffffrbnffrf bffbffff Tour Our Resort Community and Get a $25 American Express Gift Card If You Bring This Ad In. In charming DeLand, off I-4 exit 116 VG_MaitlandObserver_072612.indd 1 7/24/12 6:54 AM Save the date: City Hall grand re-opening The city will be celebrating the grand re-opening of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The renovation of City Hall has been a long, yet extremely productive process. The new City and has been reconstructed to cre ate a more welcoming experience for the many visitors who do busi ness in our city. We thank you for your patience and endurance dur ing the entire process. More infor mation will be published in next weeks column regarding this spe cial event. Stay tuned. City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, Aug. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commis sion Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. Below are a few topics of interest: City Managers Report Non-action Items Consent Agenda 23. and bids (a complete listing can be found at cityofwinterpark.org Agenda). to the City Debt Management Pol icy to address recommendations from the City Commission from the June 11 Commission meeting. bership in the Florida Municipal Power Agency and authorize the mayor to execute the Interlocal Agreement. Action Items Requiring Discussion sions Public Hearings 2843-11, Advisory Board to estab lish a Keep Winter Park Beauti ful/Sustainable Advisory Board antor, LLC: al two year extension grant ed to the Ye Olde Bric Con dominium property at 125 S. Inter lachen Ave. to permit the redevel opment of the property and the con struction of a four-story, six-unit residential condo minium building of 23,500 square feet with underground parking. nance amending Chapter 58 Land Development Code, Sec tion 58-65 R-1AAA Lakefront District and Section 58-66 R1AA and R-1A Districts by add ing a special side setback option for narrow lots. City Commission Reports sions full agenda at cityofwin terpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets. Womens safety class The Winter Park Police Depart ment and the Victim Service Cen ter of Central Florida will host a free womens safety awareness class Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Winter Park Police ginia Ave. This class is for ladies who sign up. There is no special dress or equipment needed. Ages 14 and older are welcome. You must sign up to attend. If you cannot make this particular class, please call 321-303-5884 or email kgonzalez@cityofwinterpark.org Espresso your thoughts at CoffeeTalk Please join Vice Mayor Steven day, Aug. 16, from 8 to 9 a.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave., at This is the citys seventh year in sessions for residents that have a latte on their minds or some beans to grind. This is your opportunity to speak with Vice Mayor Leary in an informal environment and ask any questions related to city busi ness. Special thanks to Palmanos there! Early voting at the Library Early voting for the Florida Primary at the Winter Park Public Library began Saturday, Aug. 4, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. Voting will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Only Orange County registered voters can early vote at the library. Voters must bring pho questions about voting, ID, etc. must be directed to the Supervi sor of Elections at 407-836-2070. The Florida Primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14, and all voting will take place at local precincts, not at the Library. The library is located at City Blood Drive The Big Red Bus will be in front of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone interested in donating blood. City Hall is located at 401 S. Park Ave. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to meet the need for blood. To do nate you must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. All donors must bring photo ID. For more infor mation, please call 407-599-3506 Thank you for doing your part to help Florida Blood Centers. Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER

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Page 8 THROUGH AUG. 11 Early voting for the primary election runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. One of the 10 polling centers is the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., which is open to Orange County voters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Bring a photo ID. Visit orange countyvotes.com AUG. 9 Youre invited to an open garden from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at DePugh Community Garden, 450 W. Welbourne Ave. Come see how rewarding, fun and healthy it is to grow your own vegetables in a community setting. Call 407-4843000 or visit ourwholecommunity.org The Winter Park Police Department and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida will host free womens safety awareness classes for all interested women that have a tie to the city of Winter Park. The class is Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the police department, located at 500 N. Virginia Ave. Call Ofcer Kait lin Gonzalez at 321-303-5884 or email kgonzalez@cityofwinterpark.org AUG. 11 Holler Honda is holding a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to support Floridas Blood Centers at 2211 N. Semoran Blvd. All donors will receive a Fandango movie pass as a thank-you gift. They also will be offering child identica tion cards through Childrens Safety Vil lage from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 407-6454123, ext. 1043. Enzian will be showing Director Francis Ford Coppolas legendary sequel The Godfather Part II on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. General admission is $8 and Enzian members pay $5. The Enzian is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave. Purchase tickets at Enzians box ofce or at Enzian. org The Young Executives of the Citrus Club, a network of young professionals in Cen tral Florida, will host its fourth annual Diamonds Are Forever Casino Night benet on Saturday, Aug. 11, at The Cit rus Club, located on the 18th oor of the BB&T building, 225 S. Orange Ave. All proceeds will benet the Camaraderie Foundation. Games begin at 7 p.m. Visit citrusclubdiamonds.com AUG. 12 Central Florida Jazz Societys inaugural fundraising event, Party with a Pur pose, is 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Elks Lodge #1079, 12 N. Primrose Drive, in Orlando. It benets the CFJS Scholarship Fund and Elks Charities. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP to Bill Boardman at 407-365-7455. AUG. 14 The primary election is Aug. 14. Visit http://bit.ly/P2nIpY for more voter infor mation. Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Se ries is Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the West Oaks Library. The August session is rather unique Its a show and tell of differ ent medical equipment and the presenter will be sharing tips and tricks on how to make sure you receive the model that best meets your needs. Reservations are encouraged. Visit oc.net/seniors AUG. 15 Ms. Natalie Cordone returns to the popu lar Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Caba ret Series with her new Cabaret, Sen timental Journey, with Chris Leavy at the piano on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. (Standing room tickets are $10. No drink included.) To purchase tickets, call the box ofce at 407-645-0145. AUG. 16 Winter Park Village is hosting its inaugural Toast! Wine and Spirits Walk on Thurs day, Aug. 16, from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by Audi and LA Fitness, the event will feature restaurants such as Trufes Grill, TAPS Wine and Beer Eatery, Mitchells Fish Market, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Publix and Menchies. Visit toastwinter parkvillage.eventbite.com Newcomers of Central Florida will host a black-and-white themed luncheon and general meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16. Members and guests are encouraged to wear black-and-white attire while gath ering at Cafe Murano, 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. Luncheon tickets are priced at $23. Reservations are required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Contact DeDe Fluhr at 407366-9084 or visit newcomersc.org The Winter Park Welcome Center will host Coffee Talk on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 8-9 a.m. with Vice Mayor Steven Leary. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com Toast! Toast!Wine & Spirits Walk Start at Truffles Grill to receive your passport & swag bag. Continue strolling along the streets of Winter Park Village, enjoying wine and spirits samples at many of the center's prestigious restaurantsTickets include: http://toastwinterparkvillage.eventbrite.com $20$25 Thursday, August 16th 6PM 10PM WINTER PARK Home of the Winter Park STARS Competition Cheer TeamWelcome to Winter Park Cheer Athletics Cheerleading & Tumbling facility! We are home to the Winter Park Stars All Star cheerleading Teams and one of the training facilities for the Nationally Ranked Winter Park High School Cheerleaders! 2011-2012 UCA National Champions All levels of All Star Competitive Cheer Mommy & Me Classes Stunting Classes Tumbling Classes for all ages & levels Competitive dance Birthday parties6870 Stapoint Ct Winter Park, FL 32793 (Near 436 & Hanging Moss Rd.)After school pick up and programs beginning August 2012 Calendar AUG. 14: Harrietts Happy Hour is sold out Harrietts Happy Hour on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., is sold out. Visit parkavenuefashionweek.com for other events associated with this years Harrietts Park Avenue Fashion Week. AUG. 10: Summer Concerts in the Garden The Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden Art. Music. Food. Architec ture. on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun in the Main Garden, 231 W. Packwood Ave., in Maitland. Admission is $3. For additional information, visit Artan dHistory.org or call 407-539-2181. AUG. 12: Behind the Scenes tour at Full Sail University Full Sail University will host free Behind the Scenes tours on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3300 University Blvd. The Full Sail University campus has the feel of a Hollywood studio complete with a lm back lot, recording studios, game studios, art studios, countless labs and creative spaces. Book your spot by calling 1-877-392-5697.

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Thats what prompted residents like Dick Proctor to plan ahead and proactively make the move . because they wanted to, not because they needed to. How about you?WINNER: ICAA INDUSTRY INNOVATOR AWARDFor The Mayf lower/Rollins College Lifelong Learning Program MAY 862 Proctor Ad WPO.indd 1 6/28/12 4:16 PM John Sanchez saved a village Friday ing oak leaves above a tiny wooden stage at Sandy Bonus Fine Arts, children in war paint waited in the wings, ready to be he roes. The onstage skirmish only lasted for a few moments. Wooden daggers rose and pressors draped in black. And then they danced. For kids like 10-year-old John, the little guy with the sheepish smile, life has been a much longer battle, played out in doctors all around them. The bad guy is the life-threaten ing disease they knows how the plot will end, but they play on. The cast list of the play Roots of Rhythm only had a few war riors, but all of the players have had heroes, have sickle cell disease. Thirteenyear-old Danny, the surly hunter, had a brain tumor removed. Jordan, playing the proud father, has Hodgkins lymphoma. Tytianna, dancing and smiling behind vi brant pink streaks of war paint, has fought two forms of leukemia. Alec wasnt feeling well, so his sisters Jamie and Cady attended for him. Theyre amazing, volunteer Meghan Moon said. Theyre going through so much. The 19-year-old volunteer has been with BASE Camp for four years. The Orlandobased childrens cancer support network bond, while supporting families through years of uncertainty. Then theres the one week a year that they look forward to, when the Bonus stu dio doors open up, and the kids swoop in. Thats when the transformation begins, as newcomers and veterans pour through the doorway of Sandy Bonus Maitland studio dreams. This lets them just be normal kids, Moon said. They love coming to this camp. Its the camp for kids just like them, BASE Camp coordinator Cindy Whitaker said. The kids who miss school for weeks at a time. The kids who never have time to go to parties with their friends. The kids who want to be kids. If kids come in here and their hair is gone, no one asks, Whitaker said. Its their uniqueness, to understand other kids and not judge them. They just treat them like everybody else. Brushes fed by inspiration sweep color time. Shaky feet dance across the stage as character. Then they get lost in the world they create, Bonus said. The one where Its one of the healthiest of all escapes, Bonus said. Theyre escaping with this art. The ones who went away At the end of this week they always want to come back, Bonus said. She pauses. Its always a victory when they come back. Whitaker knew the odds when her son, Danny, went in for the operation to remove his brain tumor. Doctors said he had only a 20 percent chance of survival if they didnt remove it. Hes still here. Hes my walking, breathing miracle, she said. As the camp enters its eighth year, old friends say hi to new ones, sometimes com paring haircuts or who grew taller this year. They see paintings on the walls from years before. Sometimes theyre little reminders of someone they dont see. ished a year ago today. On it, scrawled in shaky brush strokes, an 8-year-olds signa Marlies family was going to live in her dream house. In the last photophraph of her, in a colorful pink-and-gray hat with a All we can do is move forward and cel ebrate the ones weve lost, Whitaker said. Choosing to ght There were four new patients at Ar ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff To learn how to contribute or volunteer for BASE Camp, visit basecamp.org. In September there will be a BASE Camp charity event held to auction off the art created during Bonus camp. Well post the event information on wpmobserver.com as soon as it becomes available. A time to be heroes A time to be heroes PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER John Sanchez, top left, and sister Natasha, right, act in The Roots of Rhythm that capped off a week of artistic escape from dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses. Sandy Bonus Fine Arts sponsored the eighth annual event that helps benet the childrens cancer support group BASE Camp. Local volunteers helped teach painting and acting. Artist Sandy Bonus and cancer support group BASE Camp team up to lift spirits Please see BASE on page page 10

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Page 10 A Gift For Teaching A Gift For Teachings annual back-toschool PUSH (for kids) campaign runs through September. Its a communitywide engagement effort to generate the supplies and resources students need for the school year. This years goal is to raise $140,000 and 1.4 million school supplies. And the organization has the power to le verage your $1 gift into $10 worth of sup plies for a child. To make a contribution, visit www.agiftforteaching.org and click on Donate Now. Checks can also be mailed to: A Gift For Teaching, 6501 Magic Way, Bldg. #400C, Orlando, FL 32809. Visit these retailers, which are offering special promotions and deals to benet A Gift For Teaching: Fridays at RDV Sportsplex: Come from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a portion of proceeds will benet A Gift For Teaching. brand new school supplies and help see how many supplies it takes to ll up the interior of a 2013 Ford Escape. First 100 patrons receive a voucher for a free Yum Yum cupcake. Park 4Rivers location and mention A Gift For Teaching, where 10 percent of your total will be donated to A Gift For Teach ing. Jacket Park: Meet at 9 a.m. for a tness boot camp. Cost is $10 and all proceeds will benet A Gift For Teaching. For more information, visit www.agift forteaching.com or call 407-318-3123. Summer of Dreams Fifth Third Bank is accepting donations for school supplies and nancial contribu tions for the Summer of Dreams through August. To donate or learn more, visit www.TheSummerofDreams.com or www. agiftforteaching.org Childrens Home Society of Florida The Childrens Home Society of Florida, Central Florida Division is hosting a backto-school drive. They are accepting dona tions at the following drop-off locations: Road, Winter Park Orlando Ave., Maitland State Road 434, Longwood opment main ofce at 1375 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park Call 321-397-3004 to schedule deliv eries. Visit http://chs.org/bts School supplies on sale Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlandos two ReStore locations received a huge donation of brand new school supplies and is selling them at 30 to 60 percent off retail prices. That includes pens, high lighters, notebooks, glue, etc. The store is on Colonial Drive just East of Lake Bald win Lane, 4835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Donate last years clothes to Goodwill Donate last years wardrobe to Goodwill Industries of Central Florida before buy ing new school clothes this year As our children prepare to go back to school, par ents have the opportunity to teach them a valuable life lesson: what to do with the things they no longer need. Before pur chasing those much-needed sneakers, clothes and supplies, parents can take the time with their kids to sift through the things theyve outgrown and decide whether they can be donated to Goodwill. Not only is donating to and shopping at Goodwill good for people, its great for the planet because it diverts items from land lls. The store is at 750 N. Orange Ave. in Winter Park. To help kids calculate the positive impact of their Goodwill dona tions, visit the Donation Impact Calculator (patent pending) at donate.goodwill.org Introducing the newest Tranquil Oaks Cremation Garden at Baldwin-Fairchild Glen Haven a breathtaking garden lled with beautiful and lasting options for families and individuals choosing cremation.Cremation with remembrance...what a beautiful idea. Glen Haven Memorial Park STEIFor a COMPLIMENTARY TOU R OR INF ORMATION, call (877) 531-6257 or visit BaldwinFairchildC remationI nfo.com.Oaklawn Park Cemetery Offering the Simplicity Plan Give them a place to leave flowers. Give them a place to leave flowers. TOBF_WtParkMaitlandObserv_3colx5.indd 1 7/17/12 3:31 PM Find I LUV Winter Park merchandise and local art at ILUVParkAvenue.com407-539-3977 AUGUST Peak Season Pops is hosting a month long fundraiser 25 percent of sales from all pupsicles in August will benet WinterParkLostPets.coms The Lost Pets Foundation. Pupsicles are available at The Winter Park Farm ers Market, Maitland Farmers Market and the Winter Park Food Truck Stop. AUG. 9 Enzians popcorn icks in Central Park will feature Babe at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Gather friends, grab a blanket and enjoy classic family lms once a month under the stars in Winter Parks Central Park. Films and popcorn are free compliments of En zian. Visit Enzian.org or call 407-6291088 for more information. AUG. 17 Movies in the Park featuring Cars is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, on the Vil lage Center Green (in front of Barnies) in Baldwin Park. Family activities will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by enter tainment and announcements at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Seating is limited, so arrive early! AUG. 18 Come celebrate family fun days at the Maitland Art Center on select dates. On Aug. 18, learn about calling cards, the social network of the past, at the A&Hs Waterhouse Residence Museum. On Sept. 15, make sound waves and string telephones at the A&Hs Telephone Museum. For more information, call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org Creald School of Art culminates its popular summer ArtCamp program with a youth art exhibition featuring works of the next generation of talent ed artists from Aug. 18 Sept. 8 in the Showalter Hughes Community gallery on Crealds campus, with almost 300 pieces of artwork on display. Light re freshments are served. Contact 407671-1886 or visit crealde.org Track Shacks 21st Annual Celebra tion of Running 5k will be on Satur day, Aug. 18, at the Orlando Science Center Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princ eton St. The 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., the Healthy 100 Kids Run will begin, and awards will be given out at 9 a.m. This is the rst of six premier Orlando running and walking races. For more information, visit trackshack.com AUG. 20 Orange County students get back in the swing of things on Monday, Aug. 20, the rst day of the 2012-2013 school year. SEPT. 3 The kids are off school on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. SEPT. 10 The Art and History Museums Mai tland presents classes and work shops for children and adults begin ning on Sept. 10, including painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry and pottery. Register at ArtandHistory.org, by phone at 407-539-2181, ext. 265, or in person at 231 W. Packwood Ave. ONGOING 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. Send submissions to jandreasson@ turnstilemediagroup.com nold Palmer Hospital last week, Whitaker said. All of them learn ing about the battle theyre about to begin. What happens to us and the way we respond to what happens to us is what gives us our power, Bonus said. Theres a little gap in between what happens to you and how you respond when you have to make a choice. She calls them little adults I just think theyre amazing, Bonus said. I think theyre like heroes in my mind. And so Friday evening, as a passing storm refused to go away, budding stars nervously hid faces behind scary masks and intimi dating paint, waiting for the spot light. A few hours before the show blood sugar was above 300 mil ligrams per deciliter, more than triple the normal range. On top of her sickle cell disease, the perfect ly healthy-looking teen had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes the day before. She squeezed her new diabetes bear, Rufus, and gave herself a shot so the show could go on. He was in the audience cheer bear. Im glad I have him be cause he knows what Im going through. encouragement. Though she hides a bit behind a shy smile, she said she always wanted to be a singer or an actor. This was her time to shine. after a week of preparing for their breakout roles, the kids and their brave faces came out the ones theyve been showing their whole lives. Theyre hurting, Bonus said. But when theyre having fun, it doesnt hurt as bad. So Tytianna danced happily across the stage. Danny and Jor dan stood proud and strong. And BASE | Children find happiness and escape with art, despite suffering from cancer C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Sandy Bonus Fine Arts Claire Komujuni coaches sisters Jamie, center, and Cady, left, before they act in a play in honor of their brother, Alec, who wasnt able to play his part. Be back-to-school ready Heres a listing of back-to-school drives and events to help you and the community prepare for the new school year, which starts Aug. 20 in Orange County and Aug. 13 in Seminole County Filling backpacks with supplies

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Page 11 Breaking news Arts are good for business Enlightened business lead ers have known this to be true for decades, but new research released by American for the Arts and culture industry generates $264 million in annual economic activity in the seven-county Cen tral Florida region. According to the study, the arts support 8,966 full-time jobs and generate $36 million in local and state govern ment revenues. This is the most comprehensive economic impact culture industry ever conducted attract and retain high-level busi nesses and improve the quality of our lives in short, support for the betterment of our community, and this AEPIV research backs that up, said Flora Maria Garcia, Arts. The full report is available at AmericansForTheArts.org/ EconomicImpact. For information the arts, visit TheArtsMatter.com Aug. 10 Maitlands Summer Concerts continue The Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. as the Dave Capp Project takes the stage for an evening of music and fun. Concerts take place in A&Hs beautiful Main Garden at 231 W. Packwood Ave. in Maitland. The Dave Capp Project promises a great beginning to the summer weekend with their musical combination of old-school and contemporary jazz, blues and ballads. Patrons can also hear literary readings from Maitland Poets & Writers, and stop by A&Hs Main Galleries to view the exhibit: A Day in the Life of the Research Studio. A bar is available, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. Admission is $3. Call 407-539-2181 or visit ArtandHistory.org at Urban ReThink In a series that captures the ReThink brings together a group of diverse and interesting minds, colliding to discuss creative solutions to our communitys un is a purposefully thought-pro voking evening, which begins Monday, Aug. 13, at 6:25 p.m. Even its start time causes one to think. This months par ticipants are Jeremy Seghers, an actor, director, producer and art curator; James Jessup, a brainy py, the founder of iDignity, and city of Orlandos 2011 Person of the Year; and Bill Segal, a former District 5 county commissioner. One week prior to the event, each was given a challenge to consider and present on Aug. 13. Each challenge addresses a social issue from our area with the dialogue meant to promote a more healthy, vibrant and livable community. E. Central Blvd. in downtown com or call 407-704-6895. Aug. 15 and 29 Natalie Cordone returns who fortunately for us makes her home in Central Florida. This amazing singer will appear in the Winter Park Playhouse Cabaret Series with her new show Sentimental Journey on Aug. 15 and Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. A heartwarming look at love told through the songs of the 1940s to ret is inspired by personal memo ries and stories from Winter Park Cordone is currently performing sense, which runs through Aug. be joined by Chris Leavy at the performances with the Orlando Opera and Orlando Philharmon ic. We are told to watch for pos sible guest appearances from one or more of her leading men as an added highlight to the cabaret performance. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org Aug. 25 The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair Central Florida arts and culture season, and whether you are new to the area or a patron of the arts here in Central Florida, this one evening serves as a not-to-be missed fundraiser and variety performance. Moved along at a brisk pace by Director John DiDonna, the evening is your sampler ticket to this seasons will be provided by Art & His tory MuseumsMaitland, Artist sRegistry, Empty Spaces Theatre Collaboration, the Bach Festival, Enzian and Florida Opera The atre, among others. The evening is a fundraiser for the Red Chair Project, a collaborative of more than 360 arts organizations work ing to promote the arts. The 8th held at the Bob Carr PAC. Call 407-872-2382 for tickets. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. 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Page 12 Homes Observer Homes brought to you by: Fannie Hillman + Associates Serving Central Florida for over 31 years! 407-644-1234 fanniehillman.com INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerMary Ann SteltenkampRealtor Sales Assoc.407.645.4321 Winter Park $499,500 4 BR | 2 BA | 1,967 SF Altamonte Springs $550,000 2 BR | 2.5 BA | 1,941 SF Winter Park $3,200,000 5 BR | 4 BA | 5,384 SF Maitland Winter Park SOUTH BEACH FLAIR AND GLENDA K. MASSIE, P.A. 407-697-8796 By now youve most likely Whether you are in process of negotiating a short sale with the bank, considering purchas ing one or know someone who has, the topic is inescapable. I remember a few years back when short sales were far less commonplace and had a terrible reputation. Having dealt with hundreds of distressed proper ties myself, I can attest to the anxiety the mere mention of a short sale can create. Times however, they are a changin. Short sale isnt the four-letter word it once was. Lets debunk three of the mostcommon myths as they relate to the short sale process: 1) Foreclosures and short sales are the same. This one couldnt be farther from the truth. For one, the consequences of a foreclosure versus a short sale are vastly foreclosure may lower credit scores about 200 to 300 points and usually impacts said score up to three years. Short sales are normally reported to credit bu reaus paid as agreed or paid as negotiated, and as such may only lower the borrowers score as little as 50 points (if all other on time). Having a foreclosure in their recent history will prevent a borrower from obtain ing a Fannie Mae-backed loan for up to seven years, as well ing rates for the same period of time. A borrower who completes a short sale can be eligible for an FHA loan in as few as three years. More good news if handled properly, a short sales impact on the borrowers credit may be as brief as 18 months. One of the most important dif judgments. In all foreclosures, the bank has the right to pursue judgment. In some successful ment can be waived, leaving the borrower with a clean slate, so to speak. short sale, I can buy it. Yes and no. Depends on whether the short sale has been approved. Some banks actively seek out eligible homeowners to participate in what are called cooperative short sales. In these cases the banks agree to allow the owners to complete a short sale, almost no questions asked. Homeowners dont need to show tax returns, bank state ments or pay stubs, and often are given monetary relocation assistance. So in these cases the banks have agreed to a price they will sell the home for. If you are looking at an online short sale listing you will likely see price approved some where in the remarks. Other times, due to the length of the negotiations in some short sales, buyers may grow weary of wait ing right as the lender approves a price. In that instance, the listing may be placed as active again and other buyers will have the opportunity to pig gyback on the previous negotia tions. So, the listing price may you can actually buy the home 3) Im interested in a short sale. Because the property is dis below market value, and the bank will take it. Probably not, unless the home needs major work. In the short sale process the banks will likely obtain more than one opinion of value both from Realtors as well as appraisers. The price the bank will approve in the end will likely fall in line with market value of similar homes that have sold in the immediate area. If you want to check similar sold homes in the same neighborhood within the past three to six months. If none exist, try the surrounding area up to a mile from the home. Look for homes that are within in-questions age, and with the same bed/bath count as well as square footage and comparable features. The bank will base what price they approve for a short sale on that data, as well as the condition of the home. come a long way in the past few years. Many lenders have made streamlining and reforming the way they handle these sales a main focus. As a result, both buyers and sellers may want to reconsider them as options. In the end, just like people, each keep an open mind. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or www. ChristinaSellsOrlando.com Debunking the short sale myth CHRISTINA RORDAM Guest Writer

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Page 13 Real Estate Briefs Fannie Hillman hits $37M Second quarter transactions for Fannie Hillman + Associates hit the century mark for more than $37.6 million, giving the Winter Park rm a sales volume of just more than $10.6 million per month over the rst six months. Im condent better days are ahead as market conditions remain favorable, said company president Scott Hillman. He noted overall inventory in Orange and Seminole counties was at its lowest level since 2005, average interest rates were 3.8 percent for a 30-year mortgage, and pending home sales in Orange and Semi nole counties were 9,000 plus as of June 30. Thats the number well be watching closely as 81 percent of those 9,000 plus homes are distressed properties, which I believe will decrease signicantly by years end given current market condi tions, Hillman said. Another positive sign was the com panys average second quarter sale of $376,123, which was up 10 percent over a comparable period last year, a reec tion of the continued rise in the areas existing home prices. The median home price in June was hovering right around $125,000, up 14 percent over June 2011. For more information, call 407-6441234 or visit fanniehillman.com New lease in Gateway Plaza NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new ofce lease in Gateway Plaza at 1201 S. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. NAI Realvest Principal Tom R. Kelley II, CCIM repre sented the tenant Fimognari Financial in a lease agreement for suite 320 with 1,481 square feet. Gateway Plaza Ltd. is the landlord. No-Limit Marketing moves in Winston James Development has agreed to lease additional ofce space at its Aloma Business Center on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park to the No-Limit Marketing rm. The tenant leased 940 square feet and is an Internet multi-media marketing rm. College Park remodel Vanson Enterprises Inc., Orlandos pre mium, woman-owned general contract ing and construction company, recently began a large-scale renovation project at a College Park, residence. Vanson Enter prises, now in its 21st year, is working n ishing a kitchen renovation and addition complete with new tiled oors, cabinets and granite countertops. Vanson will also t a new master suite with a glass shower and travertine entry. Thanks to Vansons renovations, the College Park homes value will increase by about 45 percent. Tolaris appoints new sales associates Tolaris Realty Group, which sells luxury homes throughout Central Florida from its headquarters at Lake Forest in north Seminole County, recently appointed three new sales associates. They are Brandon Howard, Byron Hosey and Rick Bavec Jr. Emerson leases 1,300 square feet Emerson International recently negotiated three long-term lease agreements for of ce space totaling 12,820 square feet. a new lease for 3,905 square feet of of ce space in Major Center Plaza at 5750 Major Center Blvd. erson International negotiated a new veyear lease agreement with North Orlando Spine Center LLC for 2,447 square feet of professional ofce space in the Sanlando Center, 2160 W. State Road 434 in Long wood. lease for ve more years in the Sanlando Center at 2180 W. State Road 434 and ex panded by another 6,468 square feet for a total occupancy of 34,682 square feet at Sanlando Center. NAI Realvest young bloods take on bigger projects When NAI Realvest in Maitland announced a mentoring pro gram for young brokers in late 2011, Managing Partner Paul Partyka said he hoped the young bloods would inspire an energetic new approach to commercial real estate services. He didnt expect a portfolio of new business for the 30-year-old company, which ranks as one of Central Floridas largest and most active commercial real estate companies and one of the largest industrial development rms in the region. The young bloods are growing up fast, and they bring a very aggressive ap proach to the business, said Partyka, himself a 30-year commercial real estate veteran. Aron Harrison, who mentors with Mez Birdie, NAI Realvests director of retail and investment services, recently listed 23,000 square feet of commercial space in Casselberry. Mitch Heidrich, who mentors with Matt Cichocki and Kevin OConnor, both part ners in NAI Realvest, helped secure a major listing by cold calling the owners of Church Street Station. Eric Parrs, who mentors with NAI Realvest Principal Tom Hankins, pitched in with project, market and nancial analyses and is currently working with Oviedo Town Center to market a 54-acre parcel that will accommodate 150,000 square feet of commercial space in the initial phase. Michael Heidrich Jr. who mentors with his father, a long time NAI Realvest part ner and one of the regions leading land and industrial property brokers, has already listed several land offerings and closed on transactions valued at more than $700,000, including industrial land and industrial space deals that total more than 6,000 square feet of space. Partyka said he couldnt be more pleased. They are developing their real estate sense, imagining appropriate uses when they see vacant properties and then looking up owners and potential end-users, he said. Pictured are new associates Mitch Heidrich, Eric Parrs, Mike Heidrich Jr. and Aron Harrison with Paul Partyka, front.

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Page 14 Opinions W hen you move to Florida from some place else you are likely to have the same discovery are industries, large companies exist, but I think the person who best adjusts to Florida is one of an entrepreneurial nature, ready to get creative when necessary. That acknowledgement isnt new moms experience as they adjust to a whole new person or persons in the family, and become interested in possibilities that will Ashley Hall is one such local mom. With two boys, Layton, almost 5, and Jude, almost 2, she found herself desiring something less than a 9-to-5 job and more time with them. Having worked degree in interior design, she began looking for ways to thread the needle, as many moms do, to continue to do something she felt passionate about, but having it take less time and be done from home. Her answer, I believe, is similar to ones playing out now in various forms across the country, as technology, and even the trend toward more locally sourced products, has taken hold. She opened an online Etsy store called The Yellow Tulip, honor ing her great-grandmother by sought out local retailers to carry the products she would create picture frames made of reclaimed barn and fence wood, and rejuve nated childrens antiques. I met Ashley at her home this past weekend and immediately noticed likely signs that both a fan of design and vintage lived here, from a large seashell embel lished chandelier on the dining room table waiting to be hung, to unusual toile fabrics in a deep gold and red, to the vintage bas sinette rocker, which has been in the family since the early 1900s. Her boys now enjoy playing upon it. We talked in her work area upstairs, adjacent to Lay tons bedroom. We go into the space as Layton comes running in behind, want ing to be included. He hears me mention my recorder and wants to know what that is. His father, the glimpse into her world. It provides a reminder of why shes made the choices she has. As we sit down, I notice her boys art work is mixed with materials she uses, and pieces she may have provided the TLC of which she would soon speak. Antiques I have always loved antiques, she says, Ive always been drawn to the story that they tell, their history, when this happened in the world. When I was in college we used to go up to Anderson (S.C.) for spring break, for vacation. Id come back with a carload of antiques. Ive just always loved antiques. I once turned an old Singer sewing machine into my vanity. I painted it pink and put glass on the top and it was my makeup vanity. She talks of falling in love re cently with childrens antiques in particular. But it wasnt until re cently that I discovered just how much I love childrens pieces, how darling they can be, their real personality. She acknowl edges its very much because of her boys, then continued, I just give them some TLC and bring it back to life and let it tell its own story. Thats the one side of the business that I just love, but the other side that I just recently started on is doing the frames, the picture frames. What I love about the picture frames and Im very passionate about is that I use a mix of east versus west and old versus new. And I love the layering aspect of that. The barn wood is actual, authen tic reclaimed wood from barns and fences. I either leave it as is, in its natural state, weathered state or I can whitewash it. And Ive just started doing this line for Chloe Lane with a turquoise wash. Her pieces are also avail able at Lily Lace Antique Market and The Primrose Shop. I ask her if she is an old soul, and am surprised how quickly remember being 5 or 6 years old, staying home sick from school and all I wanted to do was watch Gone with the Wind. She later adds, I remember being 3 and 4 years old and going to see my great-grandmother and open ing up the hutch in her kitchen and seeing all the old tea cups and saucers and playing with all that, and the little salt sellers, her jewelry box. Ive just always been drawn to things, old things, which have a history. She talks about contrasts and layers, Juxtaposition I just love the juxtaposition of the old, weathered, beaten-up wood with of that with the weathering. She & Winn for helping her develop her design aesthetic. Designers Sam Ewing and Gail Winn had a huge impact on my life, how I look at things and how I see things in a design sense. I ask how, and she refers to their keen eye, and knowing what each client wanted, with an incredible knack for scale, proportion and color. I feel very blessed to have years right out of college because they really helped mold my perspective, whats aesthetically pleasing, she said. She gets excited and says, one of my recent purchases Im so proud of is, I just bought a brander for marking the backs of her picture frames. She talks about how hot it gets and making sure her boys are never near it. Could you now go to work branding steers, I ask? Absolute ly not. Im too much of an animal lover. Moms seeking new possibili ties do have limits. 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 iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net or write to ILuv Winter Park on Facebook or Twitter. Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Framing her life Re: The freedom to vote is at stake I read with interest Rollins As sistant Professor Julia Maskivk ers letter, The freedom to vote is at stake (published Aug. 2). Im sure that as a teacher of po litical science, Dr. Maskivker has formed her opinions about voter fraud by studying all the facts available. I have heard arguments similar to Dr. Maskivkers, but such claims as, (1) voter fraud in America is virtually non-ex istent or (2) requiring photo IDs disenfranchises eligible voters, particularly minorities. As a registered voter with proper ID, I too am concerned with being disenfranchised. Even set my valid vote with one that is fraudulently cast. We in Florida are aware how close elections can be. A Winter Park mayoral race was won by a single vote. The 2000 presidential election was so close it had to be resolved by the Supreme Court. I Googled voter fraud and found numerous incidents hap pening today nationwide. In Mis was sentenced to prison on 10 counts of illegally using absentee ballots. In Washington, D.C., an investigative reporter for Project Veritas videotaped his encounter at the polls where he asked for and received Eric Holders ballot without showing his ID, which he claimed he had left in his car. The reporter left before voting and sent the tape to a stunned House Judiciary Committee. On the issue of hardship for minorities requiring photo IDs, blogger Demetrius Minor, a member of Project 21s Black There is an implied notion minorities, are not smart enough notoriously known for claiming to be the champions for minority rights and equality, while invok ing that the federal government must be the spokesperson for [minorities] because they are sim ply incapable of thinking on their own. What exactly is preventing young people and minorities acquire a photo ID? All Ameri cans should reject this rhetoric. It is a common class warfare antic used by the Left to attempt to paint voter ID activists and advo cates as racially motivated. I would like to ask Dr. Maskivker what her students think about the issue. I hope that as a professor of the science of politics, she would give them the facts and let them form their own conclusions. Freedom of thought is a fundamental of the liberal arts education. Kathryn Grammer Winter Park Florida and fair elections: failure is not an option Florida is on the frontlines of the national election, and the Florida Interstate 4 corridor is a big part of that story. One of the newest stories to emerge this year is the announcement by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner about intentions to con tinue the systematic purging of voters from Floridas voter rolls, despite the proximity of the Aug. elections. Are Floridas purges within 90 days of a federal election endangering eligible voters? The League of Women Voters says, emphatically, yes. Recent head lines highlighting eligible voters who have received warning let ters from the state requiring them to prove their citizenship in order to stay on the rolls show that the states actions have put eligible citizens democratic rights at risk. The most recent admission by Detzner that the lists most recently provided to Floridas su pervisors of elections were based on obsolete and outdated information is part of a pattern in Florida that has had the impact of unlawfully disenfranchis ing, in some cases, thousands of eligible voters. The League asked Detzner and Gov. Rick Scott last month to safeguard the voting process. The League has doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the federal data match that the state is planning to undertake, and we are calling on Floridas leaders to ensure that eligible voters are not removed erroneously from the rolls. The League believes that ac curate, up-to-date voter lists are critical. We salute the work that Floridas 67 supervisors of elec tions do every day, as they and ately maintain a voter database of more than 11 million Florida citizens. Purges based on inaccurate information are unacceptable and put Floridas eligible voters, like the World War II veterans and small business owners we have all read about, at risk. Hasty and have been shown this year and in previous elections to endanger the status of everyday eligible Floridians. The League asks: Is your registration up to date? Avoid problems and get informed. Visit BeReadyToVote.org Deirdre Macnab State president League of Women Voters of Florida PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER Ashley Hall stands before a selection of her picture frames and refurbished antique items at Lily Lace Antique Market in Maitland. The frames are made out of reclaimed barn wood. We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local Winter Park Honey Winter Park Honey is a truly unique example for our weekly Local LUVn Local spotlight. Who makes it? Local bees do! And the product they make has benets for aiding in dealing with allergies experienced in the area, as well as arthritis, coughs, u, chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) and bromyalgia. Winter Park Honey began as a hobby, a LUV of honeybees and passion for creating awesome-tasting healthy honey, and has made them popular worldwide. All of the honey from Winter Park Honey is raw, unheated, unltered and unstrained to preserve the honeys natural healthful benets. Each bottle of honey has a unique avor dependent on the nectar from local owers. The honey is harvested frequently to capture the delicate avors of the seasonal nectars. Each bottle is like a ne wine. Find out more at winterparkhoney.com Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at jandreasson@turnstilemediagroup.com

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Page 15 While I have been diligently working to raise the citys consciousness on both particularly bicycle and pedestrian theyve been diligently pursuing another agenda: installing seemingly eschew ing modern-day GPS and smartphone apps and seeking $3.2 million to install railroad quiet zones in the name of safety. And thats $3.2 mil lion in addition to an undisclosed amount for safety improve ments by SunRail at all the same Winter Park crossings. Well, theyll tell you its about safety, while its really about noise abatement something they started pursuing in 2006 when the cost was estimated at $2 million. I will digress to set the stage before con veying the rich irony and misguidedness of these so-called quiet zones. tion Plan there are 17 proposed transpor tation projects totaling tens of millions of dollars with only four funded, and only one of those funded by the city through its In addition, there are 52 pedestrian and bicycle circulation projects planned, all of which are unfunded/seeking grants. You see, in an outdated model of rely ing on state and federal largess, Winter Park will only do new improvements if funded from somewhere else. This is why the mayor can crow that the citys ad va lorem taxes arent being raised. But if youve looked, you will have no in Winter Park are on state roads, because that money is the easiest to obtain, and we coattail on FDOT maintenance projects. And what else may have you noticed? and/or obscured by trees and shrubbery; thermoplastic road striping at intersec tions and crosswalks are badly worn and in need of replacement; and my street, for example, has had a broken curb and gutter and deteriorated asphalt for years. In addition, our Commission loves reso lutions. If they smell cash, they use these as an odd way of putting out word that they are looking for money for projects they are unwilling to underwrite them selves but still desire. I really dont get this quiet zone ini tiative. Trains have been running through Winter Park night and day for decades. With SunRail (and the economy in the hopper), there will be many fewer freight trains, and though more passenger trains, they will be very short only three cars. The passenger trains have shrouded (di rectional) horns to minimize noise pollu tion; and they run only during the day. But the crowning irony is that this whole train whistle noise issue is driven by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who erning noise, which requires overkill for an urban railway with tight curves and neces sarily slow moving trains. Train whistles in rural areas with signal-less crossings? Of course. In urban areas already equipped per crossing, and thats no typo zero dol lars is for one they intend to close. Apparently there is money left on the track so to speak from the estimated cost of the SunRail station. In a use-it-orlose-it philosophy, Winter Park wants to redeploy that excess for quiet zones. But to justify that it must expend the funds in or around the SunRail station, which isnt sleepers reside. Hence, the resolution to fund the shortfall to silence at all Winter Park crossings. But goodness! This is the priority of our Commission not maintaining the infrastructure we have in place; not enhancing bicycle, pedestrian and others induce more people to bike and walk; not interconnecting our bike lanes and multiuse trails; not bringing our school crosswalks into the 21st century; and not providing sidewalks throughout Winter Park on at least one side of the street and on both within walking distance of all our schools. will ask is: How do you intend to fund it? Just imagine if we created a special assess ment district for only those residents who topic would be dead in the water. William Shallcross Jr. is a civil engineering consultant licensed in Florida since 1983. He has resided in Winter Park since 2003. Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Will quiet zones help you sleep at night? WILLIAM SHALLCROSS JR. Guest Writer Round and round we go in the spin were in... Richard Land (on his show Richard Land Live! on WORL) says that he thinks Obama is an honest man who really believes in what he is doing but that he is wrong dead wrong! Cant being wrong do great dam age no matter what the intent? Obama euphemistically speaks of investing when he should be saying spending. Out of every $100 that Obama glee fully invests, we are borrowing $40 at considerable interest. Isnt a surpris ing element in the evaluation of Obama and his regime the fact that people like Mr. Land dont seem to connect the present Obama with his Chicago roots, and the umbilical cord leading straight from Jeremiah Wright and terrorists Bill Ayer and Bernadette Dorn? Then throw Hungarian-born George Soros into the mix. Have we forgotten that long ago Soros announced his goal to reduce the Obama has selected czars to do his handiwork. Obama speaks of sharing the wealth, and isnt it your wealth he is planning to share? Slowly and steadily he is debauching our Constitution. The idea of destroying a country through reckless spending has many examples at hand in American neighborhoods where greed has overcome reason. We are now com mitting ourselves to sink America at the rate of 40 percent per throw, and there are few voices crying out in our national wil derness. I had great hopes for Obama and great African-American president with the qualities and character of a Thomas not rescue us from the maelstrom that America is caught up in. Teachings worth depends on kids When one teaches in an institution of higher learning, one often enjoys a transi tory satisfaction by calling his activities work. One may easily deceive himself into thinking that he is giving students a more worthwhile future while he is having the pleasure of spending time with a beguiling new generation. I warn kids never to try to imitate anybody things the best human beings exemplify. Teaching is a form of histrionics where self-importance may convince one that he is vastly improving the lives of young people by passing on the same brand of hocus-pocus that has ended up with his being a teacher. Dont get me wrong, teaching is an activity that can lead to glowing moments, but much depends on the overall qualities of the kid who walks through the door into the classroom. As they used to put it: You cant teach a pig to sing. On the brink of WWIII? Feb 1, 2012A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam that he would like to prepare Egyptians for war with Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business news paper Calcalist. When you think of the pistol shot that killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand the event that started WWI you may extrapolate the result of Muslim enmity toward Israel. If Israel is attacked, WWIII could be quick to follow. Safeguard our Second Amendment After 18 months of hedging, on June 20, President Obama used executive privilege to shelter Attorney General Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious gunof someone in the documents that is being protected? Is corruption here being covered up at White House level? Is there any covert desire to weaken or eliminate the Second Amendment, our Legislative bulwark against dictatorial threats? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) If you have only two pennies, spend the your soul. Proverb In 2000, while serving as an elected councilman for the city of Oviedo, I convinced my fellow councilmen to put on the ballot a $10 million initiative to construct my vision for a combination Creald-style arts center and performing arts theater. which 10 acres were buildable for a theater and arts facilities. I anticipated multiple classrooms for art, galleries and a 400 to 500-seat theater that 18-wheelers could back into and unload productions. I envisioned an Oviedo (eastern Seminole County) theater troupe. I also planned to have a full institutional quality kitchen adjoining a large meeting room (adjoining galleries) to host banquets and community groups. All this surrounded by gardens and walkways through the remaining 30 acres of tree-covered low lands, with outdoor art liberally inter spersed. I announced to the Orlando Sentinel that if the voters didnt want an Oviedo arts center that they should not re-elect me. The center was approved by about 35 percent of those voting. It and I lost. My I am not at all disposed to the process of ever, I had accomplished my immediate goal of dealing with roads in Oviedo. I deeply regret not convincing another 16 percent of the electorate that such a center would be a community asset of in estimable long-term value. That it would, among other things, distinguish Oviedo as a unique and leading community within the Orlando metro-area. Mine is no cautionary tale. I failed because I did not convincingly convey a clear vision of how art (its creation, dis play and accessibility) makes for a richer (in every sense of the word) community. The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself. Woody Dumas, former mayor of Baton Rouge, La. The city of Maitland is at a crossroads. You have what many cities across Ameri ca could only wish for an established art treasure in the form of the Maitland Art Center. It has a long, illustrious history. A history of national repute. The center endorsement and assurances that, going forward, the city of Maitland will commit In the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ordered work to go ahead on the completion of the dome of the Capitol. When critics protested the diversion of labor and money from the prosecution of the war, Lincoln said, If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign that we intend this Union shall go on. Franklin Roosevelt recalled this story in 1941 when, with the world in the blaze of war, he dedicated the National Gallery in Washington. And John Kennedy recalled both these stories when he asked for public support for the arts in 1962. Lincoln and Roosevelt, Kennedy said, understood that the life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distrac tion, in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nations purpose and is a test of the quality of a nations civilization. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. The Maitland City Council is being tested. Demonstrate leadership/vision. 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 An appeal to the Maitland City Council Down and down we go William Shallcross Jr.

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