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We cannot ban cell phones from schools we must make every effort to ban them from the classroom. Page 10 Letters to the editor Lifestyles Paper shop owners agree that despite new digital mediums, theres nothing like getting a printed card in the mail. Page 7 Letter from the editor Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson reects on the community heroes she met during her ve-year tenure. Page 5 Calendar The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a free Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, Nov. 25, in Central Park. Page 6 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 Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Suboxone Maintenance For Opioid Abuse Naltrexone/Acamprosate for Alcohol2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.winterparkrecoverycenter.com 407-629-0413 Boathouse OKd at Ft. Maitland Glide into the holidays PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER An ice-breaking ceremony to ofcially open Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink was held Friday, Nov. 16, in Central Park. After discovering that Winter Park and Maitland had forgotten to claim a piece of land along U.S. Highway 17-92 for nearly a year, the Winter Park City Commis sion on Monday successfully an nexed 51 acres slated to become one of the largest developments in the citys history. As head of the militia of Win ter Park I really dont want to go to war with Maitland, Mayor Ken Bradley said upon claiming a strip of land passing under a railroad bridge along 17-92 that connected the two cities. The mistakenly unclaimed land had inadvertently been a part of Orange County, as had the aforementioned 51 acres af ter Winter Park de-annexed land into the county temporarily to ease the permitting process for the Ravaudage development. Today its in the county, un beknownst to both police depart ments, Winter Park Planning strip of land. Both departments had been patrolling the area, mistakenly believing it was their jurisdiction. Our police always felt it was in our city and Mait land always felt that it was in their city. Now it, plus an additional 50plus acres, is part of Winter Park. Welcome to the city of Win ter Park and for those who were here before, welcome back, Mayor Ken Bradley said after the unanimous 5-0 vote, which simultaneously ended any land ownership ambiguities and united the southern portion of the development under one city. After more than 10 years buy ing property in the area, Sydgan Corp. developer Dan Bellows had been working with Win ter Park, Maitland and Orange County to try to streamline the project. With groundwork being laid for an Orlando Ale House restaurant at the projects south east corner, the development is Bellows said that the project is now substantially out there under construction. He has al ready leveled a block of build ings along the developments southern edge. But even as the project had been creeping northward, two Orange County homes remained as disconnected enclaves in the middle. Obviously Orange County does not want to have to serve an isolated pocket, Briggs said. Neither of the homes residents turned out to speak against the annexation at the meeting. Don Reid Ford, on the eastern edge, is in the process of being annexed by Maitland so that it wont be split between two cities. and only police boathouse were cleared to set sail last week, after the City Council unanimously ap proved docking it on the Ft. Mait land Park pier. The boathouse, to be paid for by the citys Capital Improve ment Plans (CIP) and police for feiture funds from last year, went through two proposed and pub licly contested locations before the city settled on a compromised plan presented by Maitland Pub lic Works Director Rick Lemke on Nov. 12. This was despite the citys Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voting 4 to 1 on Oct. 3 to not place the boathouse in the park. It seems like we may have reached a solution that would not certainly satisfy everyone, but be a compromised solution, Lemke said. The new plan, approved unani mously by Council and by the Lakes Advisory Board, attaches the police boathouse to the exist ing and soon-to-be-renovated southern pier at Ft. Maitland Park. Initial plans had the boathouse constructed on the shore of the park, causing concern from pad dle boarders and park-goers over Please see COUNCIL on page 2 Winter Park annexes giant development SARAH WILSON Observer Staff ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff
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Letters to Santa Contest entries are to be no longer than one page and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, either by email, email@example.com, or physical mail, 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835. Authors must live in the Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park or Goldenrod area. Include a phone number, address, email address and authors name. Good luck! Sponsored by: its obstruction. This new plan, Lemke said, has the pier moving 4 feet north, slightly reducing the size of the boat ramp and provid ing additional beach access. The boathouse will attach to the pier, with a dock extending an addi tional 15 feet out into the water for additional public docking access. We realized we could con nect it to that pier and in doing so would not impact the shoreline, Lemke said. Residents of The Moorings on Lake Maitland applauded the new plans, having vehemently opposed an alternative plan to place the boathouse on public land at the end of Live Oak Bou levard, claiming it would block their views and hurt property val ues. I didnt think there was going to be a solution to this problem, but I think youve come up with one. I think its a win-win, Councilwoman Bev Reponen said. paddleboard and yoga classes at the park, found out about the Councils decision after the meet ing. Said she wasnt so sure this was a win for her and other parkgoers. This is a beautiful park. its sad that this is something thats going to be in the way of the very small, little (lake) view that we have, Roach said. Jody Lazar, chairperson for the citys Parks and Recreation Advi timent, saying the primary pur pose of Ft. Maitland is to serve as a park, not a boat dock, and that it is her job on the Parks Board to protect that purpose. Youre really inhibiting the view, and what that park could be. We werent sure the need was necessary to spoil the land right there on our beach, Lazar said. The need she refers to is for the police to have permanent and immediate access to the lake by boat in cases of emergency situa tions on the water. To soften the idea of obstruct ing a portion of the parks shore line, Councilwoman Linda Frosch proposed taking the area previ ously considered for the boat house at Live Oak and making it a public access area for viewing the lake and allowing non-motorized watercraft, such as Roachs pad dleboards, to enter Lake Maitland. And to address the concerns over the boathouse being an eye sore for park-goers, Councilman Ivan Valdes suggested allowing the Parks Board to be able to plan how the boathouse will be paint ed, whether it be with a mural or less conspicuous color choice than stark white. Maybe you guys can design what it looks like so it isnt a big white building that people stare at, Valdes said. While those ideas werent ce mented, the boathouses new home on the Ft. Maitland pier was. Construction is now pend ing following a meeting between the city and the developer, Wise Marine Construction. The project is slated to cost $110,058, up from a budget esti mate of $91,168 in February. In the new plans, $63,483 in funding will come from the citys Storm water and Lakes Management Divisions CIP budget from 2012, with the remaining $46,575 com ing from forfeiture funds to cover construction and the relocation of the southern pier. COUNCIL | Parks board chair, some park-goers disagree with Council about placement of police boathouse C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Harvest time in Winter Park PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park Urban Farm expert gardener Tia Meer, top left, and Sundew Gardens owner and Observer columnist Tom Carey, right, man the Simple Living Institute booth at the third annual Winter Park Harvest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17, held in Central Parks West Meadow.
Page 3 7 9 0 1 Kin g s p o in t e P a r kwa y S u it e 2 8 O r la n d o FL 3 2 8 1 9 O f f ic e : 40 7 -3 5 1 -1 5 7 3 Fa x: 40 7 -6 41 -9 0 9 0 AD PROOF LAS ER FO O T S U R G ER Y INS TITU TE LLC C o n t a c t Ag e n c y P h o n e Fa x (407) 341-7484 (407) 876-1963 Ext. Cell Ac c o u n t R e p MADELINE Proof carefully for spelling and general layout. We cannot assume responsibility for errors after this proof is approved. Please fax back or call with changes. X AP P R O VAL R EAD Y TO P R INT DR RICHARD M. COWIN DR RICHARD M. COWIN 1 1 0 1 1 2 ISSUE 1/4 AD SIZE $ 3 5 1 .0 0 TOTAL DUE FOR THIS AD THIS ISSUE Warren Charles Hume 1916-2012Warren Charles Hume, age 96, of Winter Park, Florida passed away peacefully at his home on November 11, 2012 surrounded by four generations of his family. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he was born on June 14, 1916 to Charles M. and Genevieve K. Hume. Warren received his BA from Rollins College, which he attended on a football scholarship. He married his college sweetheart, Augusta Yust Hume, whom he met at Rollins. Shortly after graduation, he went to work for IBM as a student-salesman. During WWII he took a military leave to serve as an air navigator in the US Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He earned an MBA from Michigan State University, and was granted an honorary doctorate from Rollins. He retired from IBM as Senior Vice President after more than 35 years of service. True to his Scottish heritage, Warren was an avid golfer, from college through his senior years, and won numerous amateur championships. In addition to golf, Warren developed a passion for snow skiing. He and Augusta traveled internationally for both work and pleasure. Together, they collected art from their travels. After retirement, Warren served as a consultant and on the boards of several private corporations. He was on the board of trustees for Rollins College for many years, and at his retirement he was elevated to emeritus status. He greatly enjoyed researching and investing in business trends. He and Augusta made numerous and generous contributions to educational causes. Warren, a dedicated husband, is survived by Augusta, his wife of 75 years. Survivors also include three children: David Hume, of Oakland, California; Nicholas Hume (Janice) of Atlanta, GA; and Christina Hume of Decatur, Ga. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Korrin Johnson and Tyler Hume, two great-grandsons, Kaden Hume and Andy Johnson, as well as nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held in Winter Park, Florida, at a later date, followed by a Book-a-Year Fund at Rollins College 1000 Holt Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789Eternity Funeral Homes & Cremations, Jacksonville & Nassau, Florida k l Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Thanksgiving Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Thanksgiving wishes As Thanksgiving Day approaches with the busy holiday season right on its heels, I hope that each of us will make time this that are bestowed upon us. It is easy to be consumed with lifes daily distrac tions, and that is why Thanksgiving is so important. Although we can give thanks every day, this holiday causes us to pause and appreciate all of the wonderful peo ple and gifts that surround us. On behalf of you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your continued support as we work hard to make Winter Park the place you can enjoy visiting, shopping, dining, relaxing and calling home. Please take time this season to gather with fam ily, friends and loved ones to enjoy some of the wonderful annual events we have planned for you. A complete listing of holiday events can be found at cityofwin terpark.org. Warmest wishes to each of blessings. Nov. 26 city meetings On Monday, Nov. 26, there will be a CRA Agency meeting at 2 p.m., followed by a City Commission meeting at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Due to the early holiday deadline, the website at cityofwinterpark.org > Gov ernment > City Commission > Agenda. Ice rink is open! We had a great opening weekend with a dramatic ice breaking event, WKMG Local 6 broadcasting live, a visit from Cat in the Hat, hundreds of snow angels gliding on the ice and even an ice skat ing peacock! The Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink in Central Park even open on Thanksgiving from 3 to 9 p.m. Special thanks to the rink sponsors: Winter Park Memorial Hospital, Ruths Chris & Mitchells Fish Market, Century Link, Rollins College, WKMG Local 6, MIX 105.1FM and Sunny 105.9FM. are invited to chill out as they glide, spin and turn at Winter in the Park: The West Meadow is located at 150 N. New York Ave. on the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue in downtown Winter Park. For more infor mation and school holiday hours, please call 407-599-3203 or visit cityofwinter park.org/WITP OPO Holiday Pops in Central Park The city of Winter Park and the Or lando Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to celebrate the spirit of the holiday sea son at their annual Holiday Pops concert Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. in charming Central Park. This free, public concert is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hol lander Trust. Bring a blanket and picnic for a concert program that has become a family tradition in Central Florida. Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead the Philharmonic in a beauti ful program of holiday favorites for all ages. Highlights will include instrumen tals such as Chanukah Suite, Sleigh Ride and Deck the Halls, and vocal selections including Baby, Its Cold Out side featuring Holiday Singer Connie Coburn; The Twelve Days of Christ mas featuring the Holiday Singers; and Christmas Memories, featuring the childrens choir. In the spirit of the season, audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable, canned or dry food items to help restock the pantries at Second Har vest Food Bank of Central Florida. Over the past 11 years, the orchestra has helped collect more than 4,000 pounds of food for families in Central Florida. For more information regarding the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra or this special performance, please call 407-8966700, extension 223, or visit orlandophil. org Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark. org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. As we pause during this time to be thankful for our blessings, it is important for us to reach out to our neighbors who are not so fortunate, with encouragement and positive hope for their futures. To help others is the best way to be thankful for our blessings. Families across the country be reasons to be thankful. First and foremost, I am thankful for having a family that is loving, car ing, respectful and considerate of others. We recently cele grandson Cooper. I am thank ful that he and my daughter Francine are happy, healthy and doing well. Our family is fortunate to have good health and to be stable enough to weather the economic storm. I would not trade having the good for tune to serve my community for anything. I am appreciative and thankful for the op portunity to serve in ways I never thought possible. Since my retirement, after 26 years in the development business, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be able to serve as your mayor and give back to the Maitland community that my family and I cherish and love so much. In addi tion, I am thankful for my fellow Coun cil members who serve with me on City Council. They have a passion to serve oth ers without regard for their own personal self-interests, which inspires me every day. Furthermore, we are very fortunate to have citizens in our community who boards and residents who voice their opin ions and express their convictions on many continue to make real progress and move forward. With this opportunity of involve ment and input, our leaders have been in a much better position to make more informed deci sions about matters that im pact each of us. Recently, I had the honor of visiting with some veterans who were staying at the Thur ston House over Veterans Day weekend. It was great learning about how and when they served our country. I am so thankful for all of our veterans and soldiers who have given so much of themselves so that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. During this upcoming day of thanks, lets all keep our veterans and sol diers in our thoughts and prayers. city employees who, in times of budget cuts, work harder and are more dedicated than ever. It is truly an honor to work with such wonderful people. I pray that their families are well taken care of during the upcoming holiday season. Heres wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.
Page 4 Winter Park student working hard at Heidelberg Samuel Conde of Winter Park is serving as a member of the Heidelberg University Stu dent Senate and the Berg Events Council this academic year. Conde is a sophomore majoring in education and political science. Towel drive for Seniors First Seniors First Inc. has launched its holiday gift drive, Operation Warm Fuzzies. New towels or towel sets and throw blankets can be dropped off at the Seniors First ofce at 5395 L.B. McLeod Road; Fields Fiat Orlando at 131 N. Orange Ave.; or the North Orlando Spine Center at 434 State Road 434, Suite 108, in Longwood. Gifts will also be accept ed at the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot, held at Lake Eola on Thanksgiving morning. It runs until Nov. 30. Visit SeniorsFirstinc.org Maitland Police recognized for its trafc and DUI enforcement Two of Maitland Police Departments ofcers and the department as a whole were rec ognized by two separate organizations last month for their efforts at trafc safety and DUI prevention. Ofcer Andrew Moore was presented a top producer award by the De partment of Transportation for his work dur ing the annual Click it or Ticket trafc safety campaign. Sgt. Steve Lorengo was recog nized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving as the top DUI ofcer of the year. The Maitland Police Department as a whole was given special recognition by MADD for its efforts at ghting drunk driving and for trafc safety. Holiday decorations at ReStores Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Areas two local ReStores have holiday decorations like fake Christmas trees, orna ments, exterior Christmas lighting xtures and nativity scenes available at 30 to 70 percent off retail price. Proceeds directly support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlandos mission of building affordable homes for families in need. Visit HabitatOrlando.org/orlando-restore for store loca tions and hours. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland Business Briefs Community Bulletin Turnstile Media Group has promoted Community Media Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson and Associate Editor Isaac Babcock Andreasson will join fel low Turnstile publication Professional Art ist magazine as its new assistant editor on Nov. 26. Babcock steps into the role of managing editor of Turnstiles Commu nity Media division, which publishes the Winter Park-Maitland Observer, Seminole Voice and Baldwin Park Living magazine. Jeffrey J. Lehm an M.D., F.A.C.S., of The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates in Winter Park was named the 2012 Otolaryngologist of the Year from the Network of Florida Otolaryngologists, and is currently the only surgeon in Orlando performing transoral robotic-assisted lin gual tonsillectomies, a new procedure to treat sleep apnea. Coralia Leets Jewelry Design has launched a new website to better serve customers. CoraliaLeets.com has a whole new shopping process, zoom features and social media sharing capabilities. Two of Central Floridas most success ful community banks will combine their organizations. New Traditions National Bank will become a subsidiary of Old Florida Bancshares Inc. which owns and operates Old Florida National Bank and Mercantile Capital Corporation. Un der the terms of the merger agreement, the stock-for-stock transaction is valued at about $45 million. The agreement is subject to regulatory and New Traditions shareholder approvals and other custom ary closing conditions. The merger is ex pected to close in late 2013. As a result of the merger, the combined assets of Old Florida Bancshares will reach about $1.05 billion, including $685 million in loans, $967 million in deposits and capi tal of $123 million. Winter Park design rm Masterpiece De sign Group (MDG) capped off a success ful 2012 design campaign by winning two prestigious Aurora Awards for design excellence at this years annual South east Builders Conference in Orlando. The Auroras were presented to MDG for two model homes in the Greater Tampa Bay area by builder Homes by WestBay and highlighted a banner year for the fullservice design rm that provides a broad spectrum of services for both builder and private clients throughout the country. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter" WPRK has a new weekday lineup From 9 to 10 a.m. every weekday morning, WPRK will host an esteemed Rol lins College faculty member, as well as students and guests, to discuss hot topics within their eld of expertise. The show will explain how the topics ap ply to Rollins, Central Florida and the global community. The lineup includes: Monday, Critical Media and Cultural Studies with Dr. Nick Marx; Tuesday, The International Scene with Dr. Stephen Day and Shahin Alhumaydhi; Wednesday, Community Affairs with Kenne Goldman and Sarah Elbadri; Thursday, The A TEAM, theater, art, english and music with Erik Keevan; Friday, Punkonomics with Dr. Beni Balak and Jesse Velez. WPRK is at 91.5 FM on your radio dial and can also be streamed through WPRKdj.org, tune-in. com or the TuneIn app for smartphones. Suspect in October kidnappings arrested The Winter Park Police Department, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other area law enforcement agencies, arrested Farley B. Curry Jr., a 28-year-old black male, on charges related to the October carjacking of a Winter Park woman. He is also sus pected in another October carjacking. The Winter Park Police Department worked in coordination with the FDLE, Orange Coun ty Sherriffs Ofce, Orlando Police Department, Eatonville Police Department, Casselberry Police Department and Maitland Police Department. Walk in the holiday parade WinterParkLostPets.com will welcome commu nity members to walk with them in the Winter Park Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. Walkers will meet between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and the location will be announced on the website and Facebook page. Walkers will also be re quired to wear a Winterparklostpets.com T-shirt, and well-behaved pets may join. 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Page 5 Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 Winter Park / Maitland Observer M ember of(407)-644-6646w w w .aS af eHar b or .c omB ob A dams P r esiden t/CEOA S af eHar bor LL C bob@asaf ehar bor .c om* Illustration period: 1-1-2000 though 1-1-2012 Now you can accumulate money for your r etir ement without the risks of market downturns by annuity. When the market goes down, your accumulated value stays put until another upswing guaranteed. Its something youve seen many times beforeand will probably see again. The market goes up, then comes down. Then up, then down again. I llustr a tion per iod: 1 -1-2000 thr ough 1-1-2012. Each e xample sho wn assumes $100,000 initial pr emium with no withdr a w als M ar ket v alue based on the S&P 500 H i s t o r i c a l perf o r m a n c e o f the S & P 5 0 0 I n d e x s h o u l d not be c onsider ed a r epr esen ta tion of cur r en t or futur e per f or manc e of the I nde x or of an y annuit y H ypothetical inde x annuit y pr oduc t illustr a tion assumes cr editing method of a 6% annual poin t -t o -poin t cap and annual r eset H ypothetical I nc ome R ider V alue assumes a 7% annual r a t e of r etur n f or inc ome pur poses I llustr a tion v alues r epr esen t g r oss r etur ns A ssumed annuit y r a t es and ac tual hist or ical pr ic es of the S&P 500 I nde x w er e used in this purely hypothetical example for the purpose of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. I f th e m a r k e t f a l l s a g a i n rest easier knowing your retirement savings wont fall with it Guaranteed. W h e n I began covering the Winter Park and Maitland communities as a reporter in January 2008, less than a month after graduating from the University of Cen tral Floridas journalism program. While Id ventured to Park Avenue and the Enzian Theater a few times, I knew noth ing about these cities. This week, almost Maitland Observer not only knowing their intricacies, but with a deep respect and admiration for the people that make these cities true communities. So many stories have left marks on my soul over the years: There was Marty to serve his community just 10 weeks after being shot in the head. Christopher Marino, the autistic boy who was swept 8 miles out to sea and survived thanks to lessons he received from the YMCA. BASE Camp children who can forget that they have cancer one week out of the year thanks to Sandy Bonus Fine Arts free art camp. Liam Thomas, the autistic ice skater who wants his mom to watch him compete in the Olympics before a fatal cancer claims her life. Talia, the 9-year-old girl who never uttered a word until she started riding Titan, a therapy horse at Freedom Ride. Nan Parker and life in Namibia. And Michele Van Son, grew even as she watched him slowly fade away due to a rare terminal illness. Those are only a few examples of the amazing people living in the Winter Park and Maitland communities. They let the Observer into their lives, sharing with us their most intimate details, trusting us to get the story right. In most cases, we were the only ones who would tell their stories. Thats why Im so proud to be in the business of community journalism. If we werent publishing these stories, they may never have been told. The Orlando Sentinel and local TV reporters dont step foot in Winter Park and Maitland unless they smell a scandal. Were the watchdog youll see a reporter at every government meeting but were also a cheerleader. The content we produce is substantial, compelling, informative and most importantly, hyper-local and origi nal. We exist to support the community, tell its stories, help its people, and the community supports us right back. Thats part of whats made working dedicated production team, writers and columnists who make this an award-win ning newspaper like no other. Im going to miss the way it still feels like Christ mas morning every time I hold a new issue in my hands. Ill miss reading your letters to the editor and deciding whats going on the front page. Ill even miss those super late production nights and habitual trips to Taco Bell. But I wont have to miss your stories, as I know the Observer, with new Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at the helm, will continue to bring them to life on newsprint and beyond. Its been an absolute pleasure get ting to know Winter Park and Maitland through a journalists eyes. Now Im ex cited to be on the other side, as a resident in the community. Knowing what I know now, theres no place Id rather be. Thank you for everything. Sincerely, Jenny Andreasson Managing Editor Thanks for the stories
Page 6 at Winter ParkDATE: Tuesday, November 27 TIME: 7 pm 10 pm PLACE: The BBoy Spot 7033 Stapoint Ct., Suite C Winter Park, FL 32792For more information visit us atwww.theartistsvenue.comWe are an independent Art Fair that provides a weekly indoor venue for the local art community to display and sell their artwork.Our vendor/artists include hand-made jewelry, painting and much more. FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas Calendar CLICK IT OR TICKET Law enforcement ofcers will increase trafc enforcement through Sunday, Nov. 25. The around-the-clock focus will be seatbelt enforcement NOV. 22 The 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K will be at Lake Eola on Nov. 22. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be awards for the best costume and turkey call. Proceeds will benet Seniors First. Visit TurkeyTrotOrlando.com NOV. 24 Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information on the day, visit ShopSmall.com. For a list of local participants, visit ExperienceParkAvenue. com and CollegeParkPartnership.com Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta will be on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Fleet Peeples Park. Special guest is Chef Michaels Dog Food Truck. The rst 100 people to visit the Food Truck for Dogs will also receive a complimentary meal for themselves (up to $10) to use at their favorite participating food trucks. NOV. 27 Mayower Residents Evening Social Hour will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for the residents of Mayower to learn more about the Cor nerstone Hospice Foundation, the need for a local hospice house and opportuni ties to leave their legacy. NOV. 28 Scholarship Shopping Benet will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Ten Thousand Villages, 346 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Tip-Off Classic Invitational high school basketball tournament will be held at the Winter Park High School Gym nasium. The tournament will start on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. with the nal game being played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. Winter Park has earned an invitation to participate this year. Ad mission into the tournament is $5 or two cans of food. Tree Dreams featuring the photogra phy of Diane Gillet Boswell is the newest Art in Chambers exhibition produced by the Winter Park Public Art Advisory Board. The exhibition is open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the City Hall Commis sion Chambers, and will remain on dis play through February. There will be an artist reception Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. NOV. 29 Wine and Cheese for Conservation, a charity event for i.F.r.o.g.s. (Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability), will be hosted by the Cor nell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held on the shores of Lake Virginia, and will raise funds for the all-volunteer team of scientists preparing for a humanitarian and conservation ex pedition to Madagascar. Reservations are required by Nov. 22. Call 772-486-8280 or email Ferrara.iFrogs@gmail.com. Tickets are $30 or $50 for VIP. DEC. 1 Explore festive holiday home designs as neighbors open up their doors to show off their holiday creativity. Tickets are $30 at the door of the rst home toured, and showings are Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 5 p.m. Visit FrontierCivitanClub. org/Tour_of_Homes.html On Saturday, Dec. 1, Park Avenue comes to life at 9 a.m. with the 60th annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christ mas Parade The parade showcases holiday-themed oats, Santa Claus and well-known local gures as they make their way down the Avenue. Call 407644-8281. Leadership Winter Park Class 23 will host the annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast at Central Parks main stage from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Sat urday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Call 407-644-8281 The city of Maitland will usher in the holiday season at the annual Season of Light event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lake Lily Park. BRIO Tuscan Grille in Winter Park Village will have Breakfast with Santa on Sat urday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children. The proceeds will benet Toys for Tots. DEC. 2 The Orlando Poetry Troupe will have a presentation of their poetry at the Winter Park Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Email email@example.com Surviving the Holidays a program for those dealing with grief during the holi days, will be at St. John Lutheran Church on Dec. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-644-1783. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com NOV. 30: Tree Lighting The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Winter Park will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in Central Park. There will be perfor mances by childrens choirs and childrens activities. Call 407644-8281. NOV. 25: Holiday Pops concert The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free Holiday Pops concert on Sun day, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. in Cen tral Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a program of holiday favorites. Call 407-770-0071. NOV. 23: Holidays at the Waterhouse The Art & History Museums Mai tland (A&H) will begin the holiday celebration on Friday, Nov. 23, with the Holidays at the Waterhouse exhibition. The exhibition will last through Jan. 13. Museum hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visit ArtandHis tory.org or call 407-539-2181.
Page 7 Lifestyles presented by University of Central Florida Friday, November 30; 5 p.m. Central Park presented by Fannie Hillman + Associates and Vanson Constructors Saturday, December 1; 7 10:30 a.m. Central Park Stage presented by Bright House Networks Saturday, December 1; 9 a.m. Park Avenue For information, visit winterpark.org or call (407) 644-8281. the City of Wi nter Park1887 2012thANNIVERSARY When Isabel Ibanez makes a card at 9th Letter Press, its not as simple as pressing print. Soft but sturdy paper is placed in a 118-year-old American-made letterpress, imposing wheel as it presses a whimsical print into the paper, leaving a picture you can feel. I have my hand in the produc tion every step of the way, Ibanez said. Its 100 percent hand made. At her store in Winter Park everything is created indi vidually. She designs each card, stationary paper and wedding invitation, creates a mold, and independently presses on every color. One hundred cards with two colors easily take four hours to complete. But its a labor of love that more and more people are appre ciating, Ibanez said. In this increasingly digital world there are so many options to say hi, happy birth day, join my celebration and happy holi days, many of which take just seconds to soar across the Internet. But some people are holding tightly to the idea of a little sur prise in your mailbox when theres some thing special to share, and there are plenty those needs. Ibanez, who opened 9th Letter Press in October with co-founder Sheli Scar borough, said its tough to live in a world where if you dont put your birthday on Facebook, youre just not celebrated. The act of sending a card and receiving one is important to connecting with others, she said. Its a way to show that you care its an experience, Ibanez said. It must set apart the person that sends it to you. Everyone is living in such a quick and fast world that pausing to read and re read notes, I think, is so special, said Mau reen Hall of Maureen Hall Stationery and Invitations, a staple of Winter Parks paper scene for 35 years. Scarborough, who was always a pas sionate paper purchaser before launching 9th Letter Press, said that she thinks many people yearn for that feeling of opening paper just for them. While online compa nies will always be tough competition, new generations are starting to search out more personal connections after growing up on line. I think people are starting to feel the emptiness of it, Scarborough said. The paper becomes the gift. I think it makes them feel a little more special. Ellen Prague, owner of The Paper Shop this digital generation receives a card in the mail, it will stir a want for more. Its going to be like a whole new expe rience, she said. Its like that everything old is new again expression. All the paper shop owners did agree that there are times when an email invita together with friends, a Super Bowl party or a play date are events in life when paper isnt necessary. But many people are taking online invites to the next level, using it to save money on wedding or big birthday party invitations. Evite, a leading digital invitation and social event planning brand that helps its users send more than 25,000 invitations an hour, has just launched Postmark. They PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE OBSERVER Co-founders of 9th Letter Press Isabel Ibanez, left, and Sheli Scarborough share their Winter Park storefront and creative space with a 118-year-old letterpress, with which they create whimsical cards and invitations for clients. Please see CARDS on page 8 Paper greetings live on While the Internet is buzzing with holiday greetings, theres nothing like getting a card in the mail, owners say BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff 9th Letter Press 9thletterpress.com The Paper Shop papershop.com Maureen Hall Stationery and Invitations maureenhallinvitations.com Evite and Postmark evite.com
Page 8 hope that Postmarks beautiful designs with digital envelope, stamp and all, will be the new way to send online invitations with a more thoughtful, card-inthe-mail like experience. ery, a way to keep track of the guest list, and options for guests to interact with each other. It also munications designer, giving cus tomers access to designs by a man whos created for Oprah Winfrey. And the sky is the limit when the product is digital, making feath ered envelope liners and stainless steel invitations possible for any one. Evite says its mission is to build communities. Its such a part of peoples lives, said Jamie Greenspan, the manager of marketing and busi ness development for Evite and Evite Postmark. We really are here to connect people in a digital age. But she admits that nothing truly compares to paper for the most important occasions. Paper is not going away. nothing we do online will ever ex actly replace paper, Greenspan said. Theres a time and a place. And thats what the paper pros are counting on when people are searching for their holiday cards. Its a feeling that cant be replicat ed. While the card is something you hold, what it really touches most is your heart, they said. Its like a little jewel that ar rives in your mailbox, Hall said. You get this sort of warm rush of friendship. Ibanez agreed. I cant imag ine that experience dying so com pletely. Fredlund Fine Arts Is now carrying the works of Spanish artiste Lace Shawl Oil on CanvasFredlund Fine Arts 1143 Orange Ave. Winter Park Hours: 11 to 6 Tues. thru Fri. 10 to 5 Saturdays 407-622-0102Fredlundgallery.comAntonio NavarroIn business for 25 years Effective November 21, 2012, Neha Doshi, MD will no longer be seeing patients at Doshi Internal Medicine at 149 Edinburgh Drive, Winter Park, Florida 32792. In order to ensure continuity of care, Andrew Dauer, DO and Amira Elsayed, MD will begin seeing patients at the current ofce location, beginning November 26, 2012. Dr Dauer and Dr. Elsayed are board-certied in family medicine with a focus on preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and womens health. Patient medical records will remain in le at the current practice location in Winter Park, unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, call 407-644-1241. Notice to Patients Doshi Internal Medicine Neha Doshi, MD 149 Edinburgh Drive Winter Park, Florida 32792 Shoes4KidsUSA will be distributing 12,000 pairs of shoes to under privileged children at God Day, an event on Dec. 12 at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. The goal is for 12,000 fatherless children to receive a new pair of shoes that abides by public school requirements. God Day events will be a 12 hours event starting at 10 a.m. The event will consist of various activities including worship and musical presentation and entertainment for children. Currently, over 100 churches have come together to promote this event and many businesses and community organizations have joined the effort. To learn more about getting involved, visit: www.godday.com. Shoe donations can be mailed directly to 403 S. Kirkman Ave., Orlando, FL, 32811. Monetary donations can be given online at www.shoes4kidsc.com. 12,000 SHOES FOR CHILDREN IN POVERTY NOV. 22 On Thursday, Nov. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. Orangewood church will wel come Maitland First Responders and the community to a free breakfast For more information, visit orange wood.org/communityevents or email email@example.com NOV. 29 Trinity Preparatory School will be per forming the musical theater produc tion Pippin. Showtimes are Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. Trinity Prep is located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Visit TrinityPrep.org or call 407-6714140. NOV. 30 The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremo ny in Winter Park will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in Central Park. There will be performances by childrens choirs and childrens activities. For more information, call 407-644-8281. Elf will be shown on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Winter Parks Popcorn Flicks in Central Park. For more infor mation, call 407-629-0054. DEC. 1 Leadership Winter Park Class 23 will host the Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast at Central Parks main stage from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children with pro ceeds beneting Winter Park elemen tary schools. Call 407-644-8281. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Park Avenue will come to life at 9 a.m. for the 60th an nual Winter Park Ye Olde Home town Christmas Parade For more information, call 407-644-8281. BRIO Tuscan Grille in Winter Park Vil lage will have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children. The city of Maitland will usher in the holiday season at the annual Season of Light event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lake Lily Park. DEC. 2 Orangewood will host a chili dinner and concert by the worship band on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Attend ees should plan on testing their chili cooking skills by bringing a dish to share. Visit orangewood.org/commu nityevents ONGOING Orlando Fashion Square has wel comed back Santa Claus for visits and pictures with children. Photos will be taken daily through Dec. 24. Pets can sit with St. Nick on Pet Nights Mondays through Dec. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The mall is at 3201 E. Colo nial Drive. Visit www.orlandofashion square.com Maitland Public Library events: The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. Saturday, Nov. 24: Busting Holi day Stress will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27: Books to Die For, will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Por trait of a Spy. Wednesday, Nov. 28: Contempo rary Authors Book Club Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Call 407-647-7700 to register. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com 558 W. New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida 407-982-4319 www.ClassicIronBeds.com All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations Order now in time for the Holidays CARDS | Evite adds paper-like designs C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Dogs leap and bound PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER The Dog-On-It Agility Club of Central Florida hosted an Agility Test at Cady Way Park on Nov. 16-18. Dogs lept, weaved, tunneled and climbed obstacles for a crowd of cheering fans.
Page 9 Now through Dec. 23 Junior Claus at Orlando Rep Junior Claus is a joyful new musical for young audi ences presented by the Orlando Repertory Theater. In the musi cal, Junior is Santas only son, and he must save the day when a depleted Christmas belief-ometer puts the jolly old man into a deep sleep. In grand musical form with the help of an elf, a penguin, and a youngster who fully believes in the Christmas spirit Junior manages to save Christmas. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com Nov. 23 to Dec. 28 Free Friday Nights at the Morse Museum For six Friday evenings be ginning Nov. 23 visitors to the Morse Museum can enjoy free admission and live music from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Morse major exhibition in the Museums new wing. The Dec. 14 program includes a family tour of selected galleries with a free take-home art activity for children. Admis sion to the Museum is also free on Dec. 22 and 23. For a complete schedule of Morse Museum holi day events, visit morsemuseum. org Nov. 23 to Jan. 13 A&H Museums Maitlands Holidays at the Waterhouse The Waterhouse Residence was built in 1884 by pioneer settler William Waterhouse as a home for his family, and Holi days at the Waterhouse takes us back to see how William and his wife Sarah prepared for their Christmas celebration. Each room features Victorian-era holiday decorations and historical facts about the season. Call 407-5392181or visit ArtandHistory.org Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens The traditional home tour at Pinewood Estate exhibits 20 decorated rooms in this Medi terranean-style mansion on the Bok Tower Gardens property. Open daily, the tours include Bok Tower Gardens acclaimed carillonneur Geert DHollander performing Christmas carols from around the world at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The 30-minute live concerts are included with admission. Bok Tower Gardens is in Lake Wales, Fla. Call 863-676-1408 or visit boktowergardens.org Nov. 24 Orlando Philharmonic is home for the Holidays The Orlando Philharmonic with Conductor Albert-George Schram will present their concert of holiday favorites in two performances on Nov. 24 at 2 and 8 p.m. Vocal selections will include Baby, Its Cold Outside, O Holy Night, and The Twelve Days of Christmas featuring the Holiday Singers, and Christmas Memories featuring the childrens choir. Of fered with seasonal surprises, the two performances will be at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando. Call 407-770-0071 or visit OrlandoPhil.org Nov. 28 to Dec. 30 A Dickens of a spoof of A Christmas Carol This outrageous version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol uses the play-within-aplay scenario to show us what can happen when the ladies of the Farndale Dramatic Society get their hands on this classic Christmas play. Unfortunately, they create one awful produc tion with bad acting, missing actors, and actors who remember their lines (but not in the order in which they were written). Its a Dickens of a night your family will never forget at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater at Loch Haven Park. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org Nov. 29 Producing 101 with Beth Marshall Beth Marshall is an awardwinning producing director, theatre artist, and recovering arts administrator. Ms. Marshall will present a workshop called Producing 101 on Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The workshop, catered to the needs of those in the class, will include: bankrolling, the role of the producer, budgets, fund raising, marketing and publicity, and producing a fringe show. The workshop will be held at Starv ing Artist Studios in Altamonte Springs. To register, visit starvin gartiststudios.com/events or call 407-370-4909. Nov. 30 Winter Parks annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony The Winter Park Chamber of the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park on Nov. 30 at 5:15 p.m. The entire family is invited into the park for this free event as Park Avenue is transformed into a Winter Wonderland for this fes tive evening. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-522-3906. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Starring John Hawkes, William H. Macy & Helen Hunt THE SESSIONS Fri Sat 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30 Sun 3:45, 6:30, 9:30 Mon, Wed, Thurs 6:30 & 9:30 Tue 6:30 only Midnight Movies: FIGHT CLUB All proceeds benet Enzian Employee, Danielle Best Sat 11:59PM Cult Classics: Sam Peckinpahs BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA Only $5! Tue 9:30
Page 10 Opinions In the months after Sept. 11, 2001, cruise companies were of people to book. My partner and I took a 10-day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale for about $250. On that cruise we met Abi and her mum from London. Abi introduced us to vegan ism. We were unfamiliar with it, but mostly enjoyed the fact that the only pretty young blonde on the ship didnt drink, yet had male servers tripping over them selves to wait on her. She was of fered lots of free bottles of wine, and we were only too happy to drink it for her. In the following years, Abi visited us in South Florida. I remember a trip to Whole Foods to scout out the vegan products: the soy chocolate chip cookies, the unchicken and the tofurkey breast I ran up and down the aisle with, making gobble-gobble sounds. In 2007 we visited her in London and found that eggs or cheese would contaminate her refrigerator. Shes hardcore. vegan beau and we attended their vegan wedding in Scotland, complete with vegan haggis. In 2010 they had a son and gave him a very meat-eater sounding name: Maverick. While my crash course in veganism has often amused me, I had my own vegetarian episode in college, and I consider retreating back to it any time I ent reasons for eating and not eating what they do, and in a week in which Americans are focused on food like no other, it seemed a good time to speak with a few locals about their own meatless or near meatless eating habits. Andrea Marzullo has been a no other meat for only a few months. Before that, it was any thing goes. Its been coming for a while, gnawing at me, she told me. She talks of motiva tors being both health and the treatment of animals, saying it used to be, Oh, thats ter rible. Lets go to Del Friscos tonight. The change is recent, but she says, Over time, just changing some things, I want to get to that point where I With Abi who would not wear leather, silk, wool, anything animal related as my reference point, I often check out any prospective vegans shoes. Andreas are leather. She jokes that theyre from a secondhand store. Its hard to get there, isnt it? I mean that goes for every stitch of clothing that I buy. She then adds, Having a closet full of sheep sweaters would proba bly be OK. No one was harmed. I meet Brittany Englert at Ethos, the vegan restaurant that just relocated to Fairbanks and New York in August. Shes been mostly vegan for two years. Her boyfriend, Paul Schetzle, was raised vegan. If I have control of it, were 95-, 99-percent vegan at home, she explains, but talks of good restaurants. She speaks of its challenges and opportunities. I love vegan cooking, experi menting, how everything works together. There are vegan substi tutes for everything, she says, mentioning soy products, almond milk, vegan butter. Brittany is 27, and on her recent birthday, Paul had a surprise for her: a huge tub of vegan mayonnaise in the refrigerator. Dani Bowman is behind the bar Ethos as we talk. Shes been pounds over seven months when she made the transition. Shed played college basketball, always been active, but it was becoming vegan that dramatically changed her body. Shes been working at Ethos since August, and says, vegetarian following, but I think a lot of people are intrigued by it, so they come in to check it out. I ask Brittany about holidays and she says, Thanksgiving is a crazy thing for us because Pauls family is all mostly vegan, like his uncle is hardcore vegan, but the rest of his family is more like vegetarian vegan. So, when it comes to holidays we do a To furky roast thing and we all make something to bring. Paul says, Growing up vegan seemed normal through the eyes of a kid. My parents usu ally packed my lunch for school. When I did buy my lunch Orange County Schools always accom modated. They either made me lunch out of sides or let me make a salad from the teachers salad bar. I remember feeling left out that I didnt have any milk to dip my cookies in. He continued, I did get picked on quite a bit even into high school. When I was going through high school, I had a rebellious stage where I started hotdogs and even a hamburger. Most meat products didnt appeal to me because my palette was adjusted for a no-meat diet. Even today it is a challenge to not give in to dairy. That is the hardest temptation for me and my family. I have a sister who grew up vegan with me. She is only vegetarian today and has still never tried any meats. When it came to the holi days, it was really hard to re place turkey at the dinner table, especially in the s and s, when substitutions werent readily available. I still have just having other main courses like pasta or couscous. Then we moved into veggie chicken pat ties and now onto the Tofurky Thanksgiving ball and products just come on the market. We have never had an issue about what we eat. All that matters to us is bringing the family together on one day. We have eight family members in Winter Park who have all been vegan for 25-plus years. Happy Thanksgiving, no mat ter what is on your dinner table. 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 email@example.com or write to ILuv Winter Park on Facebook or Twitter. Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Should cell phones be banned in schools? The question of whether cell phones should be allowed in schools has been hotly debated over the years. Let me outline for you some of the issues concern ing this topic and you can make up your mind as to whether cell phones should be allowed in our schools. ask is: Why would students need to have their phones during class? The only obvious answer is to stay connected. From personal experience I know that students usually forget to turn then bothers the whole class. Not only does it distract the students, but also the teacher. Even though their phones, students simply place them on silent. When I was in public school, the kids were checking their messages every few minutes instead of listening to the instructors. Worse, they would text during class. When confronted about this, their response was they were good at multitasking. Mobile phones with a connection to the Internet can be even more of a distraction for students with features such as Facebook and Twitter, etc. But not everything is bad about having cell phones during school. Parents can be in touch with their children, and know their whereabouts. A 2010 Pew Internet and American Life Proj ect study noted that 48 percent of parents use the phone to monitor their childs location. In addition, kids can reach parents quickly in case of emergency, and vice versa. If in danger, your children can reach the proper authori ties or a medical provider. Also before cell phones were widely available, it was much more dif to change plans. Now we have the convenience that was previ ously unavailable. I go to Camden Military Academy in Camden, S.C. It is a small, private boarding school for young gentlemen in seventh through 12th grades. We are allowed to have cell phones at the school, but while we are in the academic halls, we are not al lowed to have phones. I believe that this is a good idea. When I went to public school in Winter Park, we were allowed to have phones, but they were supposed You could turn them on after class and during extracurricular activities. No one seemed to obey this rule. I asked my friend from Thailand, Are the schools in Thailand strict about having cell phones in class? He told me, Yes, if they catch you with a cell phone, they will take it and not give it back until the next break. This issue of cell phones in schools appears to be a world wide problem. The reality is that bans on cell phones in schools are hard to enforce. The Pew study found that 65 percent of cell phoneowning teens at schools that completely ban cell phones bring their phones to school anyways. While allowing cell phones in school, phones should be banned from classrooms and especially during exams since there are documented cases of students cheating during major exams. The cat is out of the bag. We cannot ban cell phones from schools, however, we must make classroom. Andrei Sujka Winter Park native Senior at Camden Military Academy, S.C. Making the case for the down-ballot races So much of the last few weeks headline news concerned the federal elections not only the presidential race, but also the contests for Senate and House seats. And of course those are important. In some ways, however, the races at the lower end of the ballot your local elections are even more critical, as they will have an immediate impact on life in your community. The local school board race is a case in point. For too many years, school boards have paid more attention to form than to function, spend ing most of their time on facili ties and HR policies, with not much left over for schoolings primary activity learning. In fact, a doctoral student study ing board minutes in Tennessee found that school boards are spending just 6 percent of their time on student achievement! By getting up to speed on your candidates and their platforms, you can learn who sees the same challenges in our what they plan to do about it, and support them accordingly. The fact is although we do have tremendous challenges in public education, it is possible for schools to excel with the right leadership. In fact, some schools are already doing an exceptional rates of 40, 50 or even 60 percent age points over their peers in schools that are comparable in terms of poverty rates. At the Education Consum ers Foundation, we see these we have published state-bystate charts that plot third-grade poverty rates (see them online at www.education-consumers.org/ national.htm). While there is a recognized correlation between poverty and student achieve ment, one does not determine the other. There are countless ex amples of high-poverty schools low-poverty schools with low Contrary to popular belief, demography is not destiny. We need school board mem bers who recognize that our schools face challenges but who also understand that those chal lenges can be overcome a fact that is demonstrated by many schools in every state. However, even the most informed and dedicated candidates cannot become decision-makers with out your support and your vote. Your schools will have the kind of leadership that you elect. So take the time to learn about your school board candidates These races may have just as much impact on your life (and those of your children) as the national races, and you can have them if you get involved. J.E. Stone President of the Education Consumers Foundation Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to email@example.com Local Luvn Local Heidi Lifrage Heidi Lifrages artwork is now on display at Ice Cream Treats & Eats on Corrine Drive in Audubon Park. Shes also conducting childrens art classes there. Call 407-894-0286 for more information. Visit heidilifrage.com Turkey or tofurkey? PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER Dani Bowman and Brittany Englert
Page 11 Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Its all mirth to me Thanks! The New Florida PIP law, also known as House Bill 119, will not save Floridians any insurance premium money. The early Florida insureds. Instead, we see that the state is approving 8 percent rate hikes, at least to Florida Farm Bu reau. The new law was supposed to mandate a 10 percent decrease in premiums, not the direct opposite. Again, this is just one sign and strong indication that this law will ultimately miss its mark and fail. rejected a better bill put forth by Sen. Joe Negron, which would have mandated a 25 percent rate reduction. Instead, the governor forced a bill that requires no rate reduction at all. The Florida Farm Bureau What is most disturbing about the PIP debate is that the governor and the Legis measure; one that would surely lower pre miums for drivers, while at the same time preserve the rights of the truly innocent injured victims and their doctors. Florida should simply get rid of PIP and switch to a Mandatory Bodily Injury system as the overwhelming, vast majority of states in this country (48 to be exact) have. Here is a compelling case why BI should be imple mented over PIP: In 2007, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners did a study and found that the average auto insurance pre mium, based on purchase of state-required minimal coverage, in California was $800, in Florida, it was $1,043 (www.compu quotes.com/average-costs-of-insurance. html#auto). Keep in mind, the insurance industry claims that PIP costs in Florida skyrocketed even further from 2007-2010, so this number is probably even more disproportionate today. California is a fault/tort state, un like Floridas No fault/PIP system. They require a minimum of $15,000 per claim ant/$30,000 per accident in BI coverage. This is versus Florida, which does not require any BI coverage, and only man dates PIP and Property Damage Liability coverage. The bottom line is you get more cover age, and a superior coverage, at a cheaper price in California, where historically, everything (gas, food, cost of living, etc.) is more expensive. It is a great example of how Florida has fallen behind other states in the auto insurance market, and why PIP should be scrapped to create a healthier insurance market for consumers and insurers. Another good case study is in Colo rado, which has seen auto insurance rates drop 35 percent since dropping PIP for BI in 2007. The evidence, from these states, which have BI instead of PIP, is that rates are cheaper, attorney fee disputes are eliminat ed, and fraud and abuse are minimized. The bottom line Mandatory BI is a proven solution to lowering auto insur ance premiums. Florida should look to repeal PIP and implement Mandatory BI. Tell your governor, state House repre sentative and senator today. The Orlando-based personal injury law rm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., is dedicated to cases involving auto accidents, nursing home abuse claims, premises liability and slip and falls. The rm also represents consumers and individuals in insurance disputes of all types. Attorney Michael T. Gibsons practice is grounded in his familys experiences. Having witnessed his own mother suffer through a horric auto accident, he has personal experience ghting a large insurance company to obtain justice. He brings this experience along with his legal skills and training into every case he handles. Mr. Gibson is also the author of Your Complete Guide to Florida Auto Accident Claims. For more information, visit autojusticeattorney.com or call 1-855-What-Next (1855-942-8639). Se habla Espanol. My life has been one long repetitious Thanksgiving. All of us have choices to make and autobiographies to write. Let us never forget that the responsibility to thank is ever present. We hope to look back with pride on what we have done so lets do things of which we can be proud and remember to express thanks to those who have helped us along the way. Once again I give thanks that I did not perish in the Navy during World War II. I am proud to be an American! I enjoy a conscious excitement when get ting up in the morning. Im thankful for that fact. At 91, I am indebted to my genes and to temperate living for a strong physical constitution. I believe wholeheartedly in mens sana in corpore sano (A sound mind in a sound body). I believe that negative thinking can make a body sick, and that a maltreated, ill body can poison ones thinking ap paratus. If the body is the temple of the soul, lets keep the temple clean and in good repair. Doing is what life is all about. Do I am thankful that I was brought up accepting responsibility for my own actions. I try not to repeat my mistakes so that I dont cross the line that separates an excusably imperfect human being from a damned jackass. In retrospect, nothing that I value highly ever came quickly or easily. I am thankful for a keenly attuned conscience that keeps my pride from getting me too far in debt to reality. I am grateful to people who let the chips fall where they may. A truthful chip has never felled me. But heavily timbered lies have knocked me for many a loop. I am thankful to Harvard College for the scholarship that gave me four years that changed every aspect of my young existence. I am thankful for the simple fact of having been born with a good voice, and for sine qua non training as pupil and protg of great teacher Maestro Renato Bellini, the supreme tenor Jussi Bjrling, and the dazzling Met soprano and movie star Grace Moore. I am thankful that life has taken me far from Central Florida to so many cosmopolitan places I had only read about. After 50 years of singing, I was thank ful to become enthusiastically occupied as a teacher, able to pass on to talented young people those treasures of vocal art that were given to me by many who have embodied the long-honored artistic tradition of bel canto singing and do not presume to have added anything of my own invention. Above all, I am grateful for my smart, spirited, gifted, positivethinking wife who sees mostly the good in me but who pulls no punches when she thinks I am out of line. She is my seeing-eye light in my Samsons night. You cant choose your siblings, but you can choose your mate and your friends! Thats a relative privilege to be grateful for. Lastly, I am thankful for the Christian ethic, the embodiment of the Golden Rule, which generates intrin sic and extrinsic peace. The loveliest fruit of this way of thinking is called goodwill to men. Goodwill is the appreciation we extend to each other for all the help we have received in becoming what we are. For even the smallest of human kind nesses in our lives, let us not ever forget to say Thanks! About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) But youve got to try a little kindness You show a little kindness overlook the blindness Of the narrow minded people On the narrow minded street. Glen Campbell I get sorrow. I do. Its part and parcel with being human. Lives abruptly end, rudely out of natural sequence (for ex ample, my incredible sister Susan, a son in Afghanistan or a child at birth). Floods (see: Katrina/Sandy) wash away our possessions (Mom and Dads treasured gawd how young and beautiful and full of life they were!). Relatives/friends deconstruct in real time over decades no less sorrowfully sucking the joy out of daily life. Tragedy (sorrow) is one job loss, one car accident, one diagnosis, one fall, one moment away. And then you die. I am 63, and by my reckoning, I have 19 years remaining. And I am completely OK with that. My grandfather lived until age 83, my father Ive eaten far less red meat and con sumed but a mere fraction of the whiskey they downed. Each generation, however, has its vices. Ive also been exposed to far more pesticides and industrial chemi cals/additives weve all been than our parents and grandparents. I will, however, be extremely disappointed (and will indeed rage) if I do not get my full 82 years. Give or take six months. Intellectually, I am disappointed that this shell called Christopher Robin, like all human carapaces, is built for speed (metaphorically speaking our all too brief life spans) and not for the long haul (hundreds/thousands of years as some trees for example). My death does not in the least perplex me. I wish I could have it all but, alas, sigh, my end is knowable and certain. I entertain no fantasy of an everlasting afterlife sitting at Gods feet, in raptured bliss, singing hosannas to His splen nonsense (to me). Asserting there is life after death is a mythology, a bridge to get you through the darkness of that long night (the realization and disap individual human existence). Some argue that in order to rein in humanitys excesses, religion was created (by man) and the cudgel of judgment is the ultimate instrument of control. What you do in this life determines the quality of your next existence. The An cient Egyptians had Maat. She weighed souls in the underworld and a feather was the measure of whether or not your ultimate destination was paradise. Christian beliefs are essentially not much Its all myth to me. Or, shall I say, its all mirth to me. Ah, the timeless question. If there is no personal god, no life after death, how then shall we behave today? If I am not going to be judged rewarded or pun ished why act one way or another? rape your neighbors daughter because you might go to hell if you did? Were a young species, out of the trees, walking upright but for a brief few moments (relatively speaking). Were (humanity) making it up as we go. This Thanksgiving, lets all pursue, as pragmatist Richard Rorty recommended, the creation of a world in which tender ness and kindness are the human norm. Yes, as Otis Redding once so melodi cally sang, Try a little tenderness. Make that your Thanksgiving grace. For all seasons. 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 Florida should look to proven options for reform MICHAEL T. GIBSON Guest Writer It is a great example of how Florida has fallen behind other states in the auto insurance market. Michael T. Gibson HB 119 Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection Insurance: Revises conditions for completing long-form trafc crash report; provides that certain entities exempt from licensure as health care clinic must nonetheless be licensed in order to receive reimbursement for provision of PIP benets; requires that application for licensure, or exemption from licensure, as health care clinic include statement regarding insurance fraud; species additional unfair claim settlement practice; authorizes Division of Insurance Fraud of DFS to establish direct-support organization for purpose of prosecuting, investigating, & preventing motor vehicle insurance fraud; species effects of Florida Motor Vehicle NoFault Law. Source: www.myoridahouse.gov
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