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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091444/00242
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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: 12-13-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Maitland (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Orange County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
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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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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 26271684
lccn - sn 92000170
issn - 1064-3613
System ID: UF00091444:00243

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I think the city of Winter Park has completely forgotten what is good for the city. Page 19 Letters to the editor Lifestyles For Izzy Hadala, life hasnt been the easiest. So shes changed the rules for overcoming her differences. Page 12 Lifestyles We go behind the scenes to see how Full Sail University grads just won six Crystal Reel movie awards. Page 11 Calendar Celebrate the season with the Winter Park High School band at the Winter Band Concert on Dec. 13. Page 13 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 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 The night the Grove made its PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Members of Mead Botanical Garden cut the ribbon at the new Grove amphitheater Dec. 9, punctuating a two-and-a-half-year process to turn the formerly neglected nature preserve into an event venue, with aspirations of making it a self-sustaining park. ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Please see GROVE on page 2 Mead Garden gets its Grove Mead Garden gets its Grove T over nine months in order for Please see COUNCIL on page 3 City to fund trafc court battles Four projects pass in Winter Park ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff SARAH WILSON Observer Staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER The Winter Park YMCA got the go ahead to expand its parking lot and a new pool. Please see COMMISSION on page 3

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Page 4 Business Briefs Valencia College at Lake Nonas innova tive new $21.7 million Academic Build ing designed by SchenkelShultz Archi tecture achieved the prestigious 3 Green Globes certication presented by The Green Building Initiative. Construction manager Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) received two pres tigious ABC Eagle Awards representing the highest level of achievement in the 2012 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Florida Chapter. In November, ESPN and Full Sail Univer sity unveiled the new Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN, during a celebration that coincided with the sec ond anniversary of the Sports Lab on the universitys Winter Park campus. Turner Construction was recently hon ored with eight (Top Winner) 2012 Ex cellence in Construction Awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Florida Chapter. The ABC Excel lence in Construction Dinner Awards took place in October at the Peabody Hotel Orlando. Valencia College at Lake Nona Turner Construction

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Page 5 Caring for their clients, employees, and community; that is what Moss, Krusick & Associates (MKA) stand for. They have been providing the Winter Park and central Florida community full service accounting needs for over 25 years. TheCity of Winter Park is proud to name them as the fourth quarter 2012recipient of their Business Recognition Award. This award acknowledges Winter Park businesses that have contributed to the economic well-being of the city and have demonstrated to the vitality of Winter Parks business climate. The MKA team donates a significant amount of time and resources to community efforts. Through their employee wellness program they have partnered with Work Well Winter Park, Florida Hospital Healthy100, and the American Heart Association among others. Almost 90 percent of their employees participated in the Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon, and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Christmas Toy Drive. In addition, MKA actively supports the missions of their numerous non-profit clients. Over the last 12 months, the firm has donated approximately $15,000 to various charities in the area. For these reason, and more, MKA was awarded the Orlando Sentinels Community Service award for Top 100 Companies for Working Families. Aside from their great community efforts, MKA is a successful full-service, boutique accounting firm, formed as an alternative to national firms. They offer tax planning and preparation, auditing and accounting, and QuickBooks financial statement assistance. MKA employs 28 professional and administrative individuals who work diligently at providing remarkable audit, review and compilation services to small and medium size businesses at competitive prices without sacrificing quality. Over the years, MKA has leveraged its growth to create new full-time jobs in its Winter Park location. These added jobs include senior tax manager, audit staff, human resources manager, information technology, and additional administrative support. With new hires scheduled for the near future, including internships with University of Central Florida students, MKA is contributing to the economic vitality of our city. They were nationally recognized by InsidePublic Accounting as one of the 2012 Five Fastest Growing Firms by NetRevenue in the Under $3 million category due to their percentage growth of 9.6 percent. For over 25 years MKA has shown true commitment to civil involvement and the vitality of Winter Parks business climate. The citys Economic Development Advisory Board would like to congratulate MKA. Thank you for improving our local economy and making a difference in the community. For more information regarding the Business Recognition Program, or to download a nomination form, please visit the citys official website at cityofwinterpark.org and click on Departments > Economic Development/CRA > Economic Development > Business Recognition Program. great vision great valuesMoss, Krusick & Associates, LLC 501 S. New York Ave. | Suite 100 | Winter Park, FL 32789 407-644-5811 phone | 407-644-6022 fax moss@mosskrusick.com | mosskrusick.com EDAB BusinessRecogAdvertorial MKA_EDAB BusinessRecogAdvertorial MKA 12/6/12 10:29 AM Page 1 Community Bulletin SilverSneakers gets more room Effective Jan. 1, 2013, SilverSneakers, the nations leading exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy, will be available to members of the Blue Medicare Regional PPO state wide, and members of the Blue Medicare Regional HMO. For more information contact Steven Hendricks at 813-8826718 or steven.hendricks@oridablue. com Space professor A University of Central Florida experi ment that could help explain how planets formed in our solar system won a free ride to the International Space Station in 2013. Physics professor Joshua Colwells experiment headed to the space station is designed to explore low-energy colli sions in the protoplanetary disk (the disk of dust and gas that surrounds the center of our solar system) to better understand the conditions and processes that lead to the formation of the building blocks of planets. Food for nes Through Dec. 16,the Maitland Public Library will be accepting donations of canned goods and non-perishables in lieu of nes. Donations should be equal to the amount of nes. MPL will be join ing its neighbors, the Church of the Good Shepherd to provide for the churchs Food Bank. Parade winners Winter Park Chamber of Commerce host ed the 60th Annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade presented by Bright House Networks, making it Central Floridas longest-running Christ mas parade. Best Band went to Winter Park High School, while St. Mary Magda len Catholic School received Best March ing Unit. The Best Float was awarded to Page Private School and the Best Christ mas Spirit was presented to Center Stage Academy. Finally, the Judges Choice Award was given to Starz Dance Galaxy. Free pet ornaments Get a free personally engraved ornament with your pets name on it from Winter Park Lost Pets with a contribution of $10 or more to The Lost Pets Foundation. To order, email you pets name(s) to judy@ winterparklostpets.com Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Baseball fundraiser The 2012 Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament brought more than a dozen major leaguers includ ing World Series champion and San Francisco Giants right-elder Hunter Pence, right, to gether for a base ball clinic, auction and tournament to support the non-prot Florida Collegiate Summer League. Overall, through the silent auction, sponsorships, and donations, the golf tournament raised more than $50,000 for the second consecutive year.

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Page 6 City Council Meeting of Dec. 10 Special Presentations Consent: Decisions: gotiate and enter into an agreement with 300 North Park Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32789 | (407) 644-2344 rrfnft b r r FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURC H OF MAITLAND 341 N O RLANDO A VE / M AITLAND, F LFree Concert Sponsored by: December 16, 2012 7:30 p.m.FROMTHEHEARTA Holiday ConcertMaitland Symphony ORCHESTRA Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR A big day for our K-9 cop PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Maitland Police Chief Doug Ball, right, presents an anonymous check for $5,000 to the City Council. The money was donated to help fund the citys Police Departments K-9 unit, which was recently rebooted with a new ofcer. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Carolers sang in the season at Casa Feliz during Christmas at the Casa on Dec. 6, part of a night of festivities. Christmas in the past

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Page 7 City Commission meeting highlights Mayors Report tion Award Award Consent Agenda Action Items Requiring Discussion Public Hearings Ice rink skate cam Vote for your favorite holiday window Friday is lled with unique holiday events at the rink! Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark. org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on Vimeo. 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 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER ARCHIVE PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Look for ice skating fun at WKMG Day at Winter in the Park in Central Park, top, and dont forget to vote for your favorite windows during the holiday window contest, in its third year at participating Winter Park businesses.

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Page 8 by Manny P. HernandezCornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care (http://www. CornerstoneHospice.org) has named Charles Chuck Lee, MA, MBA, as President and Chief Executive Ocer. Lee is a veteran in the hospice industry who has led patient care operations, strategic planning, fund raising, business development, and volunteer recruitment at several hospice organizations. We are fortunate to welcome Chuck to our leadership team, commented John Moore, Cornerstone Hospice Board Chairman. His proven ability to work collaboratively to provide exceptional care while sustaining and expanding programs will benet the organization as we move into a challenging time for health care providers. I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the team at Cornerstone Hospice, Lee said. Cornerstone has a long tradition of excellence in serving dying persons and their loved ones in Central Florida, and Im excited to play a part in keeping that tradition strong in the years ahead. Lee, who most recently has served as Chief Operations Ocer at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee, will assume his role at Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties, on January 2, 2013. Prior to Chattanooga, Lee served as Sr. Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader with the Studer Covenant Alliance. In the coming years, hospice programs including Cornerstone will face daunting challenges, Lee said. Tighter regulations, changes in reimbursement, and increased competition will demand that Cornerstone enhance the quality of its service delivery, keep costs under control, and nd creative new ways to ensure that our caring mission remains intact. Cornerstone Hospice has been providing compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone currently serves more than 800 patients each day. Cornerstones annual revenue approaches $60 million. Lee intends to build on that strong foundation. While challenges certainly exist, great opportunities lie ahead for Cornerstone, he said. More people request hospice care each year, and Cornerstones reputation for excellence positions us as the provider of choice for hospice and palliative care across Central Florida. ats a powerful combination for growth in the years ahead. Lee replaces interim CEO Mary Manrique, who has led the organization since February 2012 and who did not pursue the permanent position. Manrique will resume her role as Chief Operations Ocer for Cornerstone Hospice. Additionally, David L. Jones, CPA, MBA has been named Cornerstone Hospices Chief Financial Ocer aer serving as interim since January 2012. Jones has more than 23 years experience as a controller or chief nancial ocer for health care facilities and organizations. He has led an initiative to reengineer the organizations nancial reporting, which improved governance and allowed management to better focus on key issues.About Cornerstone HospiceSince 1984, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, a not-for-prot community-based healthcare organization, has provided care and services to central Florida residents and to American veterans and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. To learn more, call (352)343-1341 or toll-free (888)7286234 in Lake County or visit http://www. cornerstonehospice.org. These Cornerstone SALUTES! recognitions are made possible solely through donations from the public. Anyone interested in making a gift may visit the organizations website or call toll-free (888)728-6234.New CEO and CFO to lead Central Florida organizations strategy for a growing, competitive market.Cornerstone Hospice Announces Leadership Changes Charles Lee David L. Jones sion awareness movement, the dangers of Taking the concussion risk out of full-contact football Wildcats on a roll after strong start MIKE POWELL I9 SPORTS Guest Writer ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Mike Powell Wildcats basketball UPCOMING SCHEDULE @ Ocoee Friday, Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. vs. Lake Nona Tuesday, Dec. 18 7:30 p.m.

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Page 10 Fre dlund Fine Arts These paintings make great Christmas gifts. Fredlund Fine Arts1143 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-622-0102 fredlundgallery.comWinter Hours:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. thur Sat.For the month of December Over 20 artistsAnnual Small Painting show, over 50 paintings by Florida artists Savannah Court and CoeExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 At Savannah, it feels just like home. Its safe, convenient and the food is excellent. And of course, my mom is a huge fan of Bingo! Ernestine & her daughter PatriciaAssisted Living Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care Variety of Apartment Suite Selections, some with Lake Views Restaurant Style Dining Laundry, Housekeeping, Maintenance Services Transportation to Outings and Medical Appointments Beautifully Landscaped Courtyard Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above. You are always welcome! A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. 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 parties 6870 Stapoint Ct Winter Park, FL 32793 (Near 436 & Hanging Moss Rd.)After school pick up and programs available Find I LUV Winter Park merchandise and local art at ILUVParkAvenue.com407-539-3977 Christmas with Louis C. Tiany PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Thousands of visitors packed Central Park to see stained glass windows from Louis Com fort Tiffany, in public only one night a year, Dec. 6, as the Bach Festival Orchestra played. PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Maitlands Season of Light celebration lit up Lake Lily on Dec. 1, with the Maitland Middle School Orchestra playing holiday music. Lighting up the holiday season

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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 FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas Calendar H o l i d a y C a l e n d a r DEC. 13 The citys 125th anniversary will be cel ebrated at the Winter Park Historical Asso ciations Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Winter Park Country Club. The Congregation Ohev Shalom will host a fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science with former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and host of NPRs popular Science Friday Ira Flatow. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets are available at COS or the Roth JCC. The Central Florida Anthropological Society (CFAS) Lecture Series presents Jupiter Missile Crash Site Investigation with Thomas Penders is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Leu Gardens: 1920 N. Forest Ave. For more information contact Kevin Gidusko at 321-948-3994. DEC. 14 Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for our monthly breakfast gathering fea turing Bill Oakley, President & CEO of Good will Industries of Central Florida. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:45 a.m. with the program to follow at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., Culture and Cocktails returns to Art & History Mu seums Maitland. The reception for artist Nathalie Chikhis work will be both inside and outside of the A&Hs Germaine Marvel Building at 210 W. Packwood Ave. Its free to A&H members, and $5 to not-yet-members with a free drink included. At 5:15 p.m. Dec. 14, bring the whole fam ily to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for a special night of free events including a gallery tour, art demon stration and live music. Following the tour, at 6 p.m., attend a demonstration of tech niques for making stained-glass windows. From 5 to 8 p.m., harpist Victoria Lynn Schultz will provide the perfect accompa niment to your stroll through the galleries. Finish off the evening at 7 p.m., in Central Park West Meadow by catching a front-row seat to one of the most-acclaimed series of the year, Downton Abbey during a free screening of its season three premiere. This special event is open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to the event. The Maitland Senior Center presents a pro gram for elders from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Friday of the month (Dec. 14), staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E. (Serv ing Health Insurance Needs of Elders). The program provides free unbiased counseling about Medicare, Medigap, HMOs, Medicaid, prescriptions drug plans, and long term care. Bring your list of medications or Rx bottles, insurance card and red, white and blue Medicare card. DEC. 15 A book launch party for the childrens book Up and away on my rst ight is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Enders Place in Baldwin Park; 947 Fern Ave. Author April Ready will be there with musical guest Mr. Richard. Visit cubventures.com for more details. DEC. 18 Roberta Lerman, artist and art teacher at the Maitland Senior Center took up story telling a few years ago. Join us for a onewoman performance presenting an assort ment of short stories. Refreshments will be served. Its all at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Maitland Senior Center. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/events/ search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com DEC. 13 Newcomers of Central Floridas Dec. 13 holiday luncheon will include sea sonal musical entertainment by the Hot Cocoa singers at Maison & Jardin, 430 S. Wymore Road, in Altamonte Springs. Advance reservations are required and tickets are $23. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please visit newcomersCFL.org or contact wm uhr@yahoo.com or 407-366-9084. Chanukah Zimriyah is at 6:45 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center audi torium. Please have your guests RSVP to jkaye@myjao.org. We will show case our wonderful Jewish Academy students and celebrate Hanukkah to gether. DEC. 14 The Park Avenue Merchant Association will host an evening of holiday cheer on Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Association will light the Avenue with luminaries and invites inviting the community to come shop during ex tended hours and enjoy a fun evening in downtown. Activities will include the ice rink, free admission at the Morse museum and a sneak preview of sea son three of Downton Abbey in Central Park. DEC. 15 The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual Christmas program, A Classic Christmas , featuring the Bach Festival Choir, Or chestra and Youth Choir, conducted by John V. Sinclair. In addition to classic holiday favorites, such as Joy to the World and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, this years program also includes orchestra performances of Carol of the Bells and other sea sonal treats. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel located at Rollins College; 1000 Holt Ave. Tick ets range from $35 to $55. Call the box ofce at 407-646-2182 or visit Bach FestivalFlorida.org Santas Parade will wind through the streets of Maitland on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit inde pendencelane.com for more details on when and where Santa will be. DEC. 16 The Maitland Symphony Orchestra will perform its Christmas Concert From the Heart at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Visit pamaitland.org/ orchestra for more information. DEC. 13: Winter Band Concert The Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Ann Deringer Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/Wnr9wt Dec. 14: Winter in the Park goes live Beginning at 3 p.m., the citys fourth annual Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink will be open and WKMG Local 6, the ice rinks exclusive television sponsor, will be on site for WKMG Day until 9 p.m. Join local news personalities at Winter in the Park and possibly get a chance at your 15 seconds of fame as they broadcast live at the rink!

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Page 12 Lifestyles S H I N E A band hits the stage at a music festival, their music blasting over the crowd as they passionately sing along. The people clap to the rhythm, belt it out to the cho rus, their voices mixing with the music. Its loud, its natural and it sounds so real. But it isnt, not exactly. It takes a lot more than staging a music festival to make it sound like a musical festival for a movie. While the images are there, danc ing and playing across the screen, theres a whole crew making the noise behind the scenes. Michael Orlowski, a Full Sail University graduate and now the schools dubbing stage engineer, knows how its done. In Novem ber, he won a Best Sound/Sound Mixing for a Feature award for his work creating and layering the and television in Florida and con sists of a panel of Emmy, Grammy, and/or Oscar-winning judges, awarded six Full Sail graduates and several faculty members with wins for their work. Sound develops the story What stands out about the music plays a role, and how it un way, allowing you to hear and re ally feel how she does, said Anne Watters, the program director for premiered at the Florida Film Festivals opening night in April, diction and self-harm. It follows her as music, friends and a drive to live help her triumph over it all. its much more powerful in a All through out the beginning is isolated and alienated from everyone. The music is sparse and quiet, sad. At the music festi getting back in touch with her life before drugs. Shes with friends, and the music brings them all together again. The moment feels so victorious; the layers of sound make it feel so real. And that wasnt easy, Or lowski said. More than 70 people were gathered to create that atmo sphere of sound. Actors, students, faculty members and volunteers stood together in Full Sails dub bing stage, which was turned into a massive karaoke room. With song, streaming the words across a movie-theatersized screen, they all sang to gether. That was layered on top of a CD track of the song, along with painstakingly chosen sound matched exactly to the already of the clapping of the actors. Or lowski describes sound mixing like a giant problem in a movie that he loves to solve. Its all about the little details when it comes to sound, but they can make a story intriguing or distracting. They propel the story forward and add atmosphere, emotion and drama without be ing noticed all the time, and thats what its all about, he said. said. Creating worlds C.A. Barrow, the 2011 Full Sail valedictorian, can relate with his experience as production de Set Design for a Short Film. Bar row said he loves the clues that a characters environment can give. Barrow created surroundings s by pouring over design books of the times, picking details that would make it feel real. At one acters could walk right through decades. His crowning achieve ment was a study room that much of the action takes place in. Deep cherry wood envelops the charac ters in darkness, setting the seri ous tone of the scenes. them to get lost in if the audi ence questions where they are for a moment it kind of breaks that about keeping the audience be lieving that what theyre watch Creating worlds is what Full Sail is all about, Watters said. She loves being a part of making stu about innovation and pushing the an artist you just have to bring Orlowski said. Full Sail grads Six Full Sail graduates and several faculty BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Renee previewed at the Florida Film Festival and may be in select theaters soon. For more information about the lm, visit reneethemovie. com. For more information about Full Sail, visit fullsail.edu Youre creating this world for them to get lost in if the audience questions where they are for a moment it kind of breaks that world. Its just about keeping the audience believing that what theyre watching is real. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Michael Orlowski won a Crystal Reel Award for his work on the movie Renee. Hes one of six Full Sail grads to win the award.

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Page 13 rfntbnb nnnn nnn rr rbt Over her Thanksgiving holiday break, Izzy Hadala sat holed up at home with her laptop, pecking few words of her second novel. four months ago, but Izzy already sits with a pad of paper containing countless ideas carefully scrolled, many more scribbled out, brain storming for her second. Shes trying to reach a more mature audience this time, she says. An audience thats more wooed with free clothing than chocolate chip cookies. An audience, she says, even more in need of the message shes trying to share. Her one-letter-at-a-time typing is measured and thoughtful by both intent and necessity. As her hands move across the keyboard, they tell a story beyond the words shes crafting on the computer screen but one shes learned to sum up in less than 10 minutes, or turing her hands out widely in emphasis and display. Born with ectodermal dyspla sia, a condition that halted the de but not in the same way or shape of those folded in the laps of room gave a speech to her classmates at Altamonte Elementary explaining of their questions out of the way, and we could kind of continue the year without it being awkward or complimented her shoes and soc cer skills theyd seen her practic grade boys asked if shed been bitten by a shark or had her hands caught a lawn mower. Getting the questions out of the way now, she said, was better than dealing with peating her yearly mantra. cookies, so if they werent go ing to pay attention to me, they would associate me with cookies, she says looking back now with a laugh. that speech into a book, pub lished in August by Wild Onion Press a publisher that focuses on putting out stories by and for In the book, a boy named Charlie, born with a facial cleft, overcomes giving a speech to his classmates At 14, now going into her last semester of eighth grade at Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, Izzy is working on her second novel in be tween classes, soccer practice, and making trips to tell her story across the community and the coun try. Shes stopped giving her speech in school due to middle schools revolving class schedule a laugh and instead is working to spread her message of stopping bullying on a larger scale. After being named one of Florida Hospitals Healthy 100, in spotlighted Izzy and her book fol lowing her from doctor visits at the hospital to classroom guestspeaking visits in local schools. An Aeropostle-labeled navy polo shirt she wore in the seg ment spurred a partnership with the teen clothing store, and a trip for Izzy and her mom to New cess of its clothing and an opportunity to share her story with others. The brand also shipped enough sweaters to her school to give one to every sev enth and eighth grader at Or angewood, along bracelets given out in October for national antibullying month. Free clothes and bracelets, she jokes, being the middle school equivalent of an anti-bullying award just as cookies were in el ementary school. her mother Jackie Hadala says a whirlwind of things its hard to keep track. If you told me Christ mas was tomorrow, Id probably Jackie says watching Izzy grow up and mature from a persistent baby using her hands the best she could to scoot and scoop up her rattle, to stepping up to combat the pestering questions, behindher-back whispers and in-public pointing that shadowed her ado lescence, has changed her ideas of bullying and how the community can come together to stop it. Its no longer about just being pushed down on the playground, or get ting your lunch money stolen, she says, its become more clever and less direct. actually think is more prevalent now, but just as hurtful, but hard to prove and hard to get under At Orangewood Izzy is a famil iar face, from spreading her story at sermons to leading the middle Tim Mitchell says, and instead is recognized for her positive atti tude and academic performance. He says she has a knack for making people feel comfortable around her that makes her shin ing light on the schools campus. ence. It takes very little amount of time with her to realizeshe is tackle anything. Theres nothing shes not willing to take on Izzy is who she is and you just love her From the silent bullying, soc cer to writing, her mom says shes watched Izzy overcome and suc ceed in doing everything shes put her mind to in her 14 years. with a headshake and a mockZipping back and forth on the feet laced up in cleats and hands only used pumping up and down for speed, she melds seamlessly with her red-and-white jerseyed team. She steps up and calls plays, and celebrates goals with exuber At her church, First United Methodist of Winter Park, she sings with the choir, and volun teers weekly with its youth group. In the preschool library down the hall sits a copy of her book to be read and checked out by the church children. Her next book, she hopes, will land in the youngadult section, refreshing middle how people with them arent al author, Izzy, Id say no way, youve got the wrong girl. Im supposed to be sitting home watching TV all day, right? But in a laugh. kind of because Im not sure Im PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Izzy Hadalas condence has helped her to break down stereotypes about differences and made her fast friends in school. Now the 14-year-old is writing her second book. SARAH WILSON Observer Staff For more information about Izzys book, The First Day Speech, visit wildonionpress.com/FirstDaySpeech. html Beyond the rst-day speech Orangewood student uses her experiences to help others DEC. 12 In Chasing Ice, we follow National Geographics James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year re cord of the worlds changing glaciers. Balogs hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breath taking rate. Visit Enzian.org for show times all weekend, starting Friday. DEC. 13 The Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Ann Deringer Auditorium on Thurs day, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/Wnr9wt DEC. 14 Beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 14, the citys fourth annual Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink will be open and WKMG Local 6, the ice rinks exclusive television sponsor, will be on site for WKMG Day until 9 p.m. Join local news personalities at Winter in the Park, and possibly get a chance at your 15 seconds of fame as they broadcast live at the rink! At 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 14, bring the whole family to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for a special night of free events includ ing a gallery tour, art demonstration and live music. Following the tour, at 6 p.m., attend a demonstration of techniques for making stained-glass windows. Children attending the art demonstration will receive an art ac tivity gift to take home. From 5 to 8 p.m., harpist Victoria Lynn Schultz will provide the perfect accompaniment to your stroll through the galleries. DEC. 15 A book launch party for the chil drens book Up and away on my rst ight is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Enders Place in Baldwin Park; 947 Fern Ave. Author April Ready will be there with musical guest Mr. Richard. Visit cubventures.com for details. Santas Parade will wind through the streets of Maitland on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit inde pendencelane.com for more details on when and where Santa will be. ONGOING Maitland Public Library Happenings: WEEKLY PROGRAMS: Mondays is Legos Engineers for ages 9-14 at 4 p.m. Tuesdays is Preschool Stories & Crafts at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays is Baby Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays is Adventurers with Books at 2 p.m. Thursdays is Reading Buddies (rst-fourth grades) at 4 p.m. Food for Fines runs through Dec. 16. Proceeds go to the Church of the Good Shepherd food bank. THIS WEEK: Friday, Dec. 14, is Share a Book Title Book Club at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, is LCC Astrono my presenting the lm Bright Objects in the Night Sky at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, LCC Astronomy returns with Our Moon, Earths Near est Neighbor at 1:30 p.m., and a Po etry Workshop 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, LCC Astronomy continues with Jupiter and its Amaz ing Moons at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, LCC Astronomy presents Jupiter and our Moon and telescope viewing at 6:30 p.m. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com

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Page 14 Now in the permanent collection at the Polasek Museum In this joyous art story, a bust of Woodrow Wilson previously thought destroyed by Nazis in World War II is now on per manent display at the Polasek Museum. This new acquisition, an extraordinary piece of Ameri can history, was created by Albin Polasek in 1928 and dedicated by dent of Czechoslovakia. After the U.S. declared war on Nazi Germany, the monument was destroyed in 1941, but after the war ended, one original plaster cast of Wilsons bust was hid den in a warehouse in Prague, where it was discovered in 2008. Now on display at the Polasek Museum, guests can learn about the intriguing story surrounding it. Museum visitors may view the bust as part of the tour of the historic Polasek home. Call 407647-6294 or visit polasek.org Now through Dec. 30 Mass Appeal at the Mad Cow Theatre Happily ensconced in its new home at Church Street Station, the Mad Cow Theatre continues its season with the Tony-nominat story of Mark Dolson, a seminary student, and his mentor Father Tim Farley, Mark deals with what he feels are hypocrisies in the Catholic faith. As the story progresses, Mark causes Father Tim to take a deeper look at his faith and beliefs. This touching comedy was made into a movie in 1984 starring Jack Lemmon and Charles Durning. Mad Cow is at 54 W. Church St. in Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit mad cowtheatre.com Dec. 13 through 28 Three Artists Arting The Steinway Piano Gallery has a rich tradition of presenting local artists, and this tradition will end as least until Steinway Central Floridas most popular artists will present this triple treat way Piano in Altamonte Springs. The nature-inspired paintings joined by abstracts by Annette Margulies and textural works by Fern Matthews. The opening is Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Dec. 13 through 16 Babes in Toyland in Sanford At the Wayne Densch Per forming Arts Center in Sanford, where their commitment is to familiar characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes joining together to present a Christmasthemed musical extravaganza. Based on an operetta by Victor Hood and a host of other charac ters bringing their own holiday story to children of all ages. Call schperformingartscenter.com Dec. 15 and 16 Bach Festivals Classic Christmas Hallelujah to the chorus! One of the most anticipated events of every holiday season is the per formance featuring the 160-voice Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra Choir and Orchestra. Performed in the acoustically superb College campus, these perfor Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. feature classic ites. Call 407-646-2182 or visit BachFestivalFlorida.org Dec. 16 Maitland Symphonys Holiday Concert from the Heart At this annual musical event, hosted at the First Presbyte rian Church of Maitland, the 100-member Maitland Symphony Orchestra will perform a free Musical guests include Mauricio Orlando Philharmonic, and sing a guest conductor appearance by Donna Dowless, Orlandos of or visit PAMaitland.org Dec. 21 A Very Merry Power Chords Christmas concert An amazing group of young singer/dancers trained at the present their unique version of a Christmas concert at the Orlando Attending one of their concerts is not only an hour of sheer joy at any time of the year, but its also one of Central Floridas talent of tomorrow. The whole Chords LIVE. Visit orlandorep. com/event/a-very-merry-powerchords-concert or call 407-896Josh 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. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar AT ROLLINS COLLEGE SINCE 1935 JOHN V. SINCLAIR, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTORA CLASSIC CHRISTMASWith John V. Sinclair Knowles Memorial Chapel DEC 15 | 7:30 PM DEC 16 | 2:00 PM Always a sellout. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!THE BACH FESTIVAL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRAMAKE THE SEASON SING The Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation The Galloway Foundation Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Come ska te at the holiday ice rink in Central Park West Meadow!November 16, 2012 thruJanuary 6,2013Monday thru Thursday > 3 p.m. 9 p.m. Friday > 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday > 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday > Noon 8 p.m.see website for extended school holiday hoursAll day general admission $10(includes skates)407-599-3203 >cityofwinterpark.org/WITP WINTER PARK in the special thanks to our sponsors WITP Observer Ad 5x8_WITP Observer Ad 5x8 11/7/12 12:10 PM Page 1 This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Directed by Barry Levinson THE BAY Fri Tue, Thu 9:00 Wed 9:30 Filmed in Orlando! Midnight Movies: MIAMI CONNECTION Fri & Sat 11:59PM Oscar Shortlist (Best Documentary) CHASING ICE Fri Sun 4:00, 6:30 Mon, Tues, Thu 6:30 Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS 8:00 Free

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Page 15 The home mortgage inter est deduction saves the average homeowner thousands of dollars at tax time, supports home values at the community level, and helps American homebuyers get gress is currently looking at ways to reduce the mortgage interest deduction, a reduction that the oppose. Having a tax deduction for mortgage interest makes owning the deduction lowers the amount of tax you pay. Increasing hous to buy a home of their own re sponsibly; increasing the num ber of homebuyers helps keep home prices stable for those who already own homes by ensuring a steady stream of new buyers. In general, homeowners who pay U.S. taxes and who itemize their taxes can deduct mortgage interest attributable to a primary residence and second-home debt totaling $1 million, and interest paid on home equity debt of as much as $100,000. Those who fa vor keeping the mortgage interest deduction say it helps middleincome families, who already pay nearly all U.S. income taxes. According to the National owners pay 80 percent to 90 percent of the income tax in our country. So homeowners, who are the pillars of federal income tax revenue, would have to shoulder a bigger tax burden if there is a reduction in mortgage interest deduction. Plus, getting rid of the mort gage interest deduction would hurt home prices. According to the National Association of 15 percent as buyers discount the value of the mortgage interest de interest deduction does have its supporters. Arguments in favor of reducing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction cen the government should support homeownership: It primarily helps the wealthy, since high-income taxpayers are more likely to item ize their deductions and to own homes. Taxpayers who dont item ize deductions get to use the that because it gives them a big ger tax break than itemizing to use the mortgage interest deduc tion. Ending or reducing the mortgage interest deduction would create a deep source of money for reducing the budget In the aftermath of the mortgage crisis, the U.S. needs to rethink its favored tax treatment of home ownership. als believe that protecting the deduction promotes housing and ensures continued improve ments in the housing market. In supporting the mortgage interest deduction, you help ensure that tomorrows families can follow the same path to homeownership that so many of us have already traveled. Stephen Baker, RE/MAX Central Realty, is chairman of the board of directors of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. 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. 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Increasing housing affordability increases the number of renters who can afford to buy a home of their own responsibly; increasing the number of homebuyers helps keep home prices stable for those who already own homes by ensuring a steady stream of new buyers.

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Page 16 on track to continue the positive growth of this past year. More banks are opting to work with their customers to modify their home loans. Some lenders are sales to distressed homeowners complete with relocation assis tance in the form of a check. For a while there it seemed like you couldnt turn a corner without seeing a notice of foreclosure in a window, or a boarded up house. Now banks are more willing to work with customers to modify or short sell homes, resulting in fewer foreclosures. A few years back, builders simply couldnt construct a home for what fore closures were selling for. Now that the oversupply of real estate longer there to clog up the mar ket, more and more buyers are turning to new construction. So many buyers are choosing new homes, housing starts are up 47 percent over last year, and per September and October the best months for new home starts since 2008 according to CNN Money. Certainly these are positive mark ers, but will this trend continue? sales are expected to increase So whats the rush to buy new? The obvious reasons are the design details, as well as being a part of the building process from the ground up. Another reason is the lack of inventory elsewhere in the market. Orlando currently has a three-month supply of in ventory, meaning there are 8,094 homes for sale, down 18 percent from this time in 2011. Less resale homes to choose from combined with continued growth in the demand for housing, especially in destination markets such as Central Florida, have created a window of opportunity and builders are seizing the day. and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ashton Woods Homes, shares this success story; ermere area for pre-sales in April 2012 with 82 lots. We sold our last home there in November, with prices appreciating $20k during this time. The Orlando Market is back, healthy and primed for for the National Association of ues will rise 15 percent over the next three years meaning fewer goes on to say the increasing de mand for homes may even cause shortages and more rapid price gains. With demand projected to continue, new home construc tionas well as the housing market overallcan expect to see more silver linings just like this. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaSellsOrlando.com New construction rises from the ashes, gains expected to continue CHRISTINA RORDAM Guest Writer

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Page 17 Who better knows the real estate in Baldwin Park?Someone who lives there. View: www.4424NewBroadStreet.com 3 Car garage $1,495,0005886 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms 5 fullbaths 2 half baths rfntb bnfttntnn ntnn bftt n btn bbnttnffrbnnn tntnbbnb tbbnnn bbtfb bntnntnnt tftnf bttfnnft bfnntntnn tbn tbnn Real Estate Briefs Mercantile closes $364 million in loans Since Jan. 1, Mercantile Capital Corp. has closed more than 85 commercial loans to nance projects totaling $364 million, and by the end of the year that total could reach $450 million, Christopher Hurn, chief executive ofcer of Mercantile Capi tal, said. Mercantile Capital ranks as one of the nations leading providers of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans for small business owners who want to acquire or develop their own facilities. C&P designs Fresh Markets Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, recently completed design work for two Fresh Market Supermarket stores one in Pensacola and another in Daphne, Ala. Lonnie Peterson, chairman of Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, said the facilities total 21,000 square feet and 19,400 square feet. Both stores are nishing con struction. Wawa designed in Baldwin Park Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, in conjunc tion with CBX based in New York City, has designed Orlandos rst six Wawa stores, which are now open on Central Florida Parkway, Goldenrod Road, Silver Star Road, and South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, and on North Orange Blossom Trail and U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. In addition, another 20 Wawa stores are set to open in Florida in 2013, said Jed Downs, president of the architectural rm based in Orlandos Baldwin Park. The new prototype stores are intend ed to reect the style and inuence of Florida architecture, and include exterior characteristics that reference south and central Florida historical building types, Downs added. Five of the 20 additional stores will open in the Central Florida region by the second quarter of 2013, and another four are scheduled to open in the Tampa Bay area. New townhome community Ashton Woods Homes has acquired 66 threeand fourbedroom townhome sites at Copley Square located off Michi gan Street and Delaney Avenue south of downtown Orlando.

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Page 18 Opinions My mind works in mysterious ways, and sometimes annoying ones. That it began recalling the decades old epic fail of Geraldo dust and a few bottles is just the way those gears began to turn as I anticipated last Thursday morn ing. But the smile on my face as I rushed from home was because I knew real treasures were in my future. Being allowed to observe all involved with the Morse Mu seums Christmas in the Park event coming together, I couldnt help but think Christmas had come early. As I stood inside their warehouse upon signing in and seeing the large neon signs of one time local businesses above me, that seemed to understate it. I asked to take a few pictures and Walter, the security guard, hit the most excellent start with lights vated this visit. As I told others what Id be doing that morning, most wanted to know how the windows are moved. What I found was that these amazing old-school works of art are handled and transport ed in a very old-school manner, albeit, an extraordinarily careful one. The windows remain in their display boxes all year long wait ing for their next performance. They stood there in a corner, rather ominously, looking like large dominoes, ones that will never be allowed to topple. Those handles on the sides get used, and are not there by ac cident. Theyre pulled and leaned and then rolled oh-so-carefully, slowly, six men constantly aware of the treasures they have been charged with transporting, and protecting in the process. Loaded conduct the same dance, some what in reverse. I watch with Catherine Hinman, the Morse Museums publications. She notes that this is fun for her, too, as she never just stands and watches. Her narra tion of what I see, both in moving the windows and other sights within the warehouse, was a treat in and of itself. Details spew forth easily. She endures my requests to repeat something, as I reach for my recorder, making my own tape backup sounds in encour agement. She describes the days the museums desires in that regard and Hugh and Jeannette McKeans. As we watch the loading, I ask about the bulbs that light the windows from behind. She notes they are now LED, which were not adequate for the job until the last few years. She speaks of fuses that would sometimes blow in the old setup, a concern technology has evolved. It used to be that we had a person at ev ery window and when Larry said May I have the lights, please, each individual tried to synchro nize. Now, with technology, we have a wireless system which al lows them all to come on exactly I ask about a nearby blanket with chairs on it. The enthusiasts are already arriving at about to them as squatters. Catherine I go over to a young mother now setting up two chairs on sions or an iPod, or another reference to another recent day Her name is Catherine Stella and she and her family are here for the sixth straight year. I ask about the placement strategy, as this is obviously not all about being the sidewalk so that we can get to the bathroom, because we have children. And its close to the sound booth so that we can locate has told me about taking copious any little issues which come up. It should be seamless, everything should be invisible; its just an art installation and a great musical now, thinking its obvious attend ees plan from one event to the next as well. again, Catherine riding with me. Shes been fretting over a 40 percent chance of rain. I reassure her that a 40 percent chance from people who are right 60 percent or less of the time is pretty good. The event was only nearly rained out once. She says it rained all day during set up, but stopped about 10 minutes before the show. Then, just before the shows scheduled end, it started John Sinclair literally had to an nounce that it was time to leave, We discuss caring for the windows, and their conservation. of the historic homes such as Tif taking the windows apart, pieceby-piece to reconstruct, dealing with buckling which occurs over have to maintain them and watch their condition, and protect them Back in the park I see Nancy Miles setting up a large group of already reserving spots and wed better get there, so thats what they want to be close enough to I walk about taking pictures, notice an elaborate table that stands out. I ask Steve Vaughan, who put it all together, if I can ways sit behind this light because mark on his setup and he says his wife Kirsten has trained him well. It includes miniature fruitcake cookies his mother shipped in from Kentucky just for the event. He invites me back for a glass of wine, and I assure him he will see me again. He did. Just before the windows are lit, I see a very dry Catherine, no wonderful. Its really wonderful. The only thing we were worried about was the weather, and the weathermen, thankfully, were Clyde Moore operates local sites ILUVWinterPark.com and ILUVParkAve. 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. Check out his column on WPMObserver.com by navigating to Columnists > Clyde Moore Traditional tax planning has often been summarized and the changes scheduled to occur Jan. 1, as well as our politi cians acting like lemmings ready to go not be the best advice. Starting next year, and without legislative action, the and new Medicare taxes enacted as part of health care reform will The expiration will eliminate brackets sonal exemption and itemized deduction phase-out dividends the $1,000 refundable child tax credit In addition, there are Medicare tax changes and additions. First, the rate of the individual share of Medicare tax will increase from earned income above $200,000 for single, and $250,000 for joint share will not change, creating a employment income. In addition, investment income such as capi tal gains, dividends and interest extent income exceeds $200,000 Between rate increases and deduction decreases, the top combined rates on income jump percent for dividends and inter est, and more than 42 percent for earned income. As we can see, it may not make the best sense to defer income into next year in light of these tax rate increases. Alterna tively, it may make sense instead to defer deductions and actually accelerate income. The easiest income to control gain and pay tax on stock and other securities without changing position. There is no wash sale rule on capital gains, so stock can be sold and bought back imme diately to recognize the gain. But if much of your net worth is tied up in one asset because youre deferring the tax bill on a large gain, this might be a good time to reallocate that equity. tax by timing how you exercise options. If you do not plan to hold incentive stock options capital gains treatment, you can exercise them and sell the stock before tax rates increase. traditional individual retirement while tax rates are low. Tax will be owed on the amount of the conversion now in exchange for no tax on future distributions if the conversion is made properly and certain other conditions are met. ing out of the deferral of gain available in an installment sale. Deferred income on most install ment sales can be accelerated by pledging the installment note for a loan. Caveats: First, determine whether tax increases will apply to you. Tax any income below the income not increase at all. Also, if youre subject to the acceleration in tax. In addi tion, economic considerations should always come before any tax-motivated sale. We strongly suggest discussing tax strategies within the context of your overall Lastly, lets hope our politi cal leaders prove our lemmings metaphor wrong and actually deliver some clarity to taxpayers Ron Tamayo, CFP, is a founder and partner with Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC, a wealth management rm based in Maitland. He has been a nancial planning practitioner for 25 years and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Financial Planning. He can be reached at ron@ moisandtzgerald.com RON TAMAYO Guest Writer Year-end tax planning Its different this time Ron Tamayo Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Window wonders We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local The Owls Attic The Owls Attic at 4031 Forsyth Road not only sells cool vintage clothing and house wares, but also local jewelry and art. Theyll even have your own clothing item customized for you with unique, fun and colorful art! Visit theowlzattic.com PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER Caretakers move a Tiffany window into position in Winter Parks Central Park on Dec. 6.

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Page 19 Heres what readers wrote about the Dec. 6 article Winter Park funeral home hosts art gallery: A terric article, photos and what a marvy lesson about marketing and stepping way outside of our comfort zone. Am so glad we did it! Kudos to all of the AW artists, thanks Marla for sharing, and thank you Platform Art and Cox-Parker you guys are the bomb!!! CHERYL JONES EVANS Cant express how much I appreciate this! Great article about the art gallery opening. Thank you Winter Park-Maitland Observer. XIOMARA ALEKSIC Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Losing faith in Winter Park I have totally lost all faith in the ing regarding the old DMV property at the southwest corner of Canton Avenue spoke made a case that this project had been permitted in 2006, but was not built and that even though the city master plan was changed in 2009, this project should be allowed go forward as it had been permitted for in 2006. So I am thinking, what was the point of the master plan if the city is going to allow projects to go forward that do not adhere to the new recommendations? master plan were for such things as the height and parking space requirements. And by the way, the speaker said that the trees on the property are distressed and would have to be removed. This person turned out to be a Winter Park employee. est than to have a city employee petition ing the board on behalf of a development project. When I was given the chance, I spoke up about the already problematic parking space shortage across the street at the Winter Park Village, but no one seemed to care. Then another Winter Park resi dent spoke, and as an aside asked what was happening with the property along the east side of Denning Drive from Canton Avenue to Depugh Street and she was basically told that that was none of her business. One gentleman on the board did mention that the property was probably in litigation and that nothing would be happening soon. Two weeks later I received in the mail from the city of Winter Park a whole proposal for that site with zoning board meeting times all noted. And now we have the city of Winter Park changing the replanting and mon etary fee requirements you need to pay to the city when you remove a large tree. I think the city of Winter Park has completely forgotten what is good for the city. These developments may bring increased revenues, but they also require additional services from the city, which cost money to supply. This concept of live, work and play is nice but, since I know people who get in their car and drive two doors down to visit with their neighbor, is inherently ready congested intersection at the corner just a few blocks away from the DMV project, Winter Park is going to become a very congested place on that side of town. And since that intersection cannot be widened, our problems here in Winter Park are going to get worse. Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka Winter Park A preacher I am not. However, in spite of myself, I think. When people come upon a big crowd and cannot see whats causing it, they At this time of year our shops, church es and thoroughfares are crowded with hustling and bustling. What is the source of the energy behind all this, in a world where people must pay advertisers to get attention focused on their products? The source is so simple and unpreten tious that it is hard for us complicated folks to deal with it. 2,000 years ago would ordinarily not command much attraction in todays helter-skelter world. The boy, born in Bethlehem, lived but a short life, never possessions. He had no publicity com mittee to spread his name, although since then, the words of his mouth have raced around the world under their own pro pulsion. He asked nothing for himself. He asked only that others do the ultimate for themselves, that is: Celebrate the source of their own worth. Two thousand years later his name is still the best known on our planet. If everyone of us followed his suggestions, it seems to me that the world say the same for any dictatorial forces in history, e.g.: Adolf Hitler, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, etc. The evidence of mundane evil is seen everyday in the strife that kills so many of us in war and terrorism that leave little or nothing of lasting value in their wake. Love may be the most beautiful and benign of human emotions, but hatred is clearly capable of destroying loves purest was cruelly tortured and done in, in a way that should perhaps make all of us unsure of our own destinies. A lesson learned from this tale may should I strive to be better than my breth The human spirit is always ready to hook, and so the most divine of inspira tions is often abandoned at its source. All over the Western world are spires, some small and some monumental, that dot the landscape and command our at tention often without our considering the spirit that caused them to be built. The wealthy man who gives a gen erous gift to build a chapel, or even a cathedral, is perhaps motivated in part by of his past misdeeds and unkindnesses. This writer makes no claim to being a religionist, but there is surely something very eerie about the Nazarenes words that have made them endure through the centuries, and attract a devoted plethora of followers around the world. Good words are declared and sung every week of the year in our steepled buildings, and the sound increases might ily at this season. The simplest words of the Nazarene are broadcast from the pulpit as though they contained pro As to Einstein, when he was asked if he believed in a Creator, he shrugged his About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. Kahlil Gibran My sister, Saint Sandra Once of Socorro, recounts a wonderful story of a day traveled from where they rested at night to savannahs of grass they grazed upon during the day. At the close of each day they could go directly back to their place of rest but consciously opted to go out of their way, up a rather long hill that overlooked a valley, where they paused to watch the beauty of the setting sun. The human observing this choice believed that these wild creatures had a sense, an appreciation for the beauty of this world such that they intention ally sought it out. I particularly like this story because it illustrates the power of beauty, that it is such a prevalent feature mals. Humans throughout history have endeavored, regardless of circumstances, to have beauty in their lives. It is the rare human environment that has no personal examples, no indi vidual expressions of what constitutes an Edgar Leeteg-like black velvet Elvis, but that merely illustrates the personal nature of beauty. My mother could be a bit judgmental in this regard, that an taste was all in their mouth. Haha! Love that Mom. While in Ashville, N.C. this past sum mer I visited the Grovewood Gallery adjoining the Grove Park Inn. The Gallery American craftsman. I viewed furniture covered with fabrics created and pro duced by Mary Lynn OShea. Absolutely stunning. I was the equivalent of a lum beauty of an African sunset. Only it was gorgeous fabric. One thing led to another. I contacted Mary Lynn OShea, spent approximately 55 days visiting her website (mollyro ing fabric samples, talking extensively with the Vermont artist, and ultimately selecting four patterns for a chair and ot toman I had reupholstered at Decorative is owned by Terry and Nadine LaLonde, and is located at 9205 S. U.S. Hwy 17-92. and do marvelous work that I cannot recommend highly enough. Give them sent-cha! The aesthetic experience is a simple beholding of the object.... You experience a radiance. You are held in aesthetic arrest. Joseph Campbell In my newly reupholstered chair I will be sitting during my next experience of 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 Obeauty, cuff me now! A wondrous boy Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com PHOTO BY CHRIS JEPSON THE OBSERVER Chris Jepson stands with Terry LaLonde (right), owner of Decorative Home Interiors who oversaw the reupholster ing of his pictured chair and ottoman. The fabrics came from Mary Lynn Oshea. Simply gorgeous, Jepson said.

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I think the city of Winter Park has completely forgotten what is good for the city. Page 19Letters to the editor LifestylesFor Izzy Hadala, life hasnt been the easiest. So shes changed the rules for overcoming her differences. Page 12 LifestylesWe go behind the scenes to see how Full Sail University grads just won six Crystal Reel movie awards. Page 11 CalendarCelebrate the season with the Winter Park High School band at the Winter Band Concert on Dec. 13.Page 13 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 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 The night the Grove made its -PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERMembers of Mead Botanical Garden cut the ribbon at the new Grove amphitheater Dec. 9, punctuating a two-and-a-half-year process to turn the formerly neglected nature preserve into an event venue, with aspirations of making it a self-sustaining park. ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Please see GROVE on page 2 Mead Garden gets its Grove Mead Garden gets its Grove T over nine months in order for Please see COUNCIL on page 3City to fund trafc court battlesFour projects pass in Winter ParkISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff SARAH WILSON Observer Staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERThe Winter Park YMCA got the go ahead to expand its parking lot and a new pool. Please see COMMISSION on page 3

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Page 4 Business Briefs Valencia College at Lake Nonas innova tive new $21.7 million Academic Building designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture achieved the prestigious 3 Green Globes certication presented by The Green Building Initiative. Construction manager Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) received two prestigious ABC Eagle Awards representing the highest level of achievement in the 2012 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Florida Chapter. In November, ESPN and Full Sail Univer sity unveiled the new Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN, during a celebration that coincided with the sec ond anniversary of the Sports Lab on the universitys Winter Park campus. Turner Construction was recently hon ored with eight (Top Winner) 2012 Excellence in Construction Awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Florida Chapter. The ABC Excel lence in Construction Dinner Awards took place in October at the Peabody Hotel Orlando. Valencia College at Lake Nona Turner Construction

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Page 5 Caring for their clients, employees, and community; that is what Moss, Krusick & Associates (MKA) stand for. They have been providing the Winter Park and central Florida community full service accounting needs for over 25 years. TheCity of Winter Park is proud to name them as the fourth quarter 2012recipient of their Business Recognition Award. This award acknowledges Winter Park businesses that have contributed to the economic well-being of the city and have demonstrated to the vitality of Winter Parks business climate. The MKA team donates a significant amount of time and resources to community efforts. Through their employee wellness program they have partnered with Work Well Winter Park, Florida Hospital Healthy100, and the American Heart Association among others. Almost 90 percent of their employees participated in the Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon, and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Christmas Toy Drive. In addition, MKA actively supports the missions of their numerous non-profit clients. Over the last 12 months, the firm has donated approximately $15,000 to various charities in the area. For these reason, and more, MKA was awarded the Orlando Sentinels Community Service award for Top 100 Companies for Working Families. Aside from their great community efforts, MKA is a successful full-service, boutique accounting firm, formed as an alternative to national firms. They offer tax planning and preparation, auditing and accounting, and QuickBooks financial statement assistance. MKA employs 28 professional and administrative individuals who work diligently at providing remarkable audit, review and compilation services to small and medium size businesses at competitive prices without sacrificing quality. Over the years, MKA has leveraged its growth to create new full-time jobs in its Winter Park location. These added jobs include senior tax manager, audit staff, human resources manager, information technology, and additional administrative support. With new hires scheduled for the near future, including internships with University of Central Florida students, MKA is contributing to the economic vitality of our city. They were nationally recognized by InsidePublic Accounting as one of the 2012 Five Fastest Growing Firms by NetRevenue in the Under $3 million category due to their percentage growth of 9.6 percent. For over 25 years MKA has shown true commitment to civil involvement and the vitality of Winter Parks business climate. The citys Economic Development Advisory Board would like to congratulate MKA. Thank you for improving our local economy and making a difference in the community. For more information regarding the Business Recognition Program, or to download a nomination form, please visit the citys official website at cityofwinterpark.org and click on Departments > Economic Development/CRA > Economic Development > Business Recognition Program. great vision great valuesMoss, Krusick & Associates, LLC 501 S. New York Ave. | Suite 100 | Winter Park, FL 32789 407-644-5811 phone | 407-644-6022 fax moss@mosskrusick.com | mosskrusick.com EDAB BusinessRecogAdvertorial MKA_EDAB BusinessRecogAdvertorial MKA 12/6/12 10:29 AM Page 1 Community Bulletin SilverSneakers gets more roomEffective Jan. 1, 2013, SilverSneakers, the nations leading exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy, will be available to members of the Blue Medicare Regional PPO state wide, and members of the Blue Medicare Regional HMO. For more information contact Steven Hendricks at 813-8826718 or steven.hendricks@oridablue. comSpace professorA University of Central Florida experi ment that could help explain how planets formed in our solar system won a free ride to the International Space Station in 2013. Physics professor Joshua Colwells experiment headed to the space station is designed to explore low-energy collisions in the protoplanetary disk (the disk of dust and gas that surrounds the center of our solar system) to better understand the conditions and processes that lead to the formation of the building blocks of planets.Food for nesThrough Dec. 16,the Maitland Public Library will be accepting donations of canned goods and non-perishables in lieu of nes. Donations should be equal to the amount of nes. MPL will be join ing its neighbors, the Church of the Good Shepherd to provide for the churchs Food Bank. Parade winners Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 60th Annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade presented by Bright House Networks, making it Central Floridas longest-running Christ mas parade. Best Band went to Winter Park High School, while St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School received Best Marching Unit. The Best Float was awarded to Page Private School and the Best Christ mas Spirit was presented to Center Stage Academy. Finally, the Judges Choice Award was given to Starz Dance Galaxy.Free pet ornamentsGet a free personally engraved ornament with your pets name on it from Winter Park Lost Pets with a contribution of $10 or more to The Lost Pets Foundation. To order, email you pets name(s) to judy@ winterparklostpets.com Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Baseball fundraiserThe 2012 Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament brought more than a dozen major leaguers includ ing World Series champion and San Francisco Giants right-elder Hunter Pence, right, to gether for a baseball clinic, auction and tournament to support the non-prot Florida Collegiate Summer League. Overall, through the silent auction, sponsorships, and donations, the golf tournament raised more than $50,000 for the second consecutive year.

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Page 6 City Council Meeting of Dec. 10 Special Presentations Consent: Decisions: gotiate and enter into an agreement with 300 North Park Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32789 | (407) 644-2344 rrfnft b r r FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURC H OF MAITLAND 341 N O RLANDO A VE / M AITLAND, FLFree Concert Sponsored by: December 16, 2012 7:30 p.m.FROMTHEHEARTA Holiday ConcertMaitland Symphony ORCHESTRA Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR A big day for our K-9 cop PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERMaitland Police Chief Doug Ball, right, presents an anonymous check for $5,000 to the City Council. The money was donated to help fund the citys Police Departments K-9 unit, which was recently rebooted with a new ofcer. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERCarolers sang in the season at Casa Feliz during Christmas at the Casa on Dec. 6, part of a night of festivities.Christmas in the past

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Page 7 City Commission meeting highlights Mayors Report tion Award Award Consent Agenda Action Items Requiring Discussion Public Hearings Ice rink skate cam Vote for your favorite holiday window Friday is lled with unique holiday events at the rink! Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark. org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on Vimeo. 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 Proofcarefullyforspellingandgenerallayout. Wecannotassumeresponsibilityforerrorsafter thisproofisapproved.Pleasefaxbackorcall 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 Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER ARCHIVE PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERLook for ice skating fun at WKMG Day at Winter in the Park in Central Park, top, and dont forget to vote for your favorite windows during the holiday window contest, in its third year at participating Winter Park businesses.

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Page 8 by Manny P. HernandezCornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care (http://www. CornerstoneHospice.org) has named Charles Chuck Lee, MA, MBA, as President and Chief Executive Ocer. Lee is a veteran in the hospice industry who has led patient care operations, strategic planning, fund raising, business development, and volunteer recruitment at several hospice organizations. We are fortunate to welcome Chuck to our leadership team, commented John Moore, Cornerstone Hospice Board Chairman. His proven ability to work collaboratively to provide exceptional care while sustaining and expanding programs will benet the organization as we move into a challenging time for health care providers. I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the team at Cornerstone Hospice, Lee said. Cornerstone has a long tradition of excellence in serving dying persons and their loved ones in Central Florida, and Im excited to play a part in keeping that tradition strong in the years ahead. Lee, who most recently has served as Chief Operations Ocer at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee, will assume his role at Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties, on January 2, 2013. Prior to Chattanooga, Lee served as Sr. Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader with the Studer Covenant Alliance. In the coming years, hospice programs including Cornerstone will face daunting challenges, Lee said. Tighter regulations, changes in reimbursement, and increased competition will demand that Cornerstone enhance the quality of its service delivery, keep costs under control, and nd creative new ways to ensure that our caring mission remains intact. Cornerstone Hospice has been providing compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone currently serves more than 800 patients each day. Cornerstones annual revenue approaches $60 million. Lee intends to build on that strong foundation. While challenges certainly exist, great opportunities lie ahead for Cornerstone, he said. More people request hospice care each year, and Cornerstones reputation for excellence positions us as the provider of choice for hospice and palliative care across Central Florida. ats a powerful combination for growth in the years ahead. Lee replaces interim CEO Mary Manrique, who has led the organization since February 2012 and who did not pursue the permanent position. Manrique will resume her role as Chief Operations Ocer for Cornerstone Hospice. Additionally, David L. Jones, CPA, MBA has been named Cornerstone Hospices Chief Financial Ocer aer serving as interim since January 2012. Jones has more than 23 years experience as a controller or chief nancial ocer for health care facilities and organizations. He has led an initiative to reengineer the organizations nancial reporting, which improved governance and allowed management to better focus on key issues.About Cornerstone HospiceSince 1984, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, a not-for-prot community-based healthcare organization, has provided care and services to central Florida residents and to American veterans and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. To learn more, call (352)343-1341 or toll-free (888)7286234 in Lake County or visit http://www. cornerstonehospice.org. These Cornerstone SALUTES! recognitions are made possible solely through donations from the public. Anyone interested in making a gift may visit the organizations website or call toll-free (888)728-6234.New CEO and CFO to lead Central Florida organizations strategy for a growing, competitive market.Cornerstone Hospice Announces Leadership Changes Charles Lee David L. Jones sion awareness movement, the dangers of Taking the concussion risk out of full-contact football Wildcats on a roll after strong startMIKE POWELL I9 SPORTS Guest Writer ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Mike Powell Wildcats basketballUPCOMING SCHEDULE@ Ocoee Friday, Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. vs. Lake Nona Tuesday, Dec. 18 7:30 p.m.

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Page 10 Fre dlund Fine Arts These paintings make great Christmas gifts. Fredlund Fine Arts1143 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-622-0102 fredlundgallery.comWinter Hours:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. thur Sat.For the month of December Over 20 artistsAnnual Small Painting show, over 50 paintings by Florida artists Savannah Court and CoeExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 At Savannah, it feels just like home. Its safe, convenient and the food is excellent. And of course, my mom is a huge fan of Bingo! Ernestine & her daughter PatriciaAssisted Living Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care Variety of Apartment Suite Selections, some with Lake Views Restaurant Style Dining Laundry, Housekeeping, Maintenance Services Transportation to Outings and Medical Appointments Beautifully Landscaped Courtyard Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above. You are always welcome! A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. 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 parties 6870 Stapoint Ct Winter Park, FL 32793 (Near 436 & Hanging Moss Rd.)After school pick up and programs available Find I LUV Winter Park merchandise and local art at ILUVParkAvenue.com407-539-3977 Christmas with Louis C. Tiany PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERThousands of visitors packed Central Park to see stained glass windows from Louis Com fort Tiffany, in public only one night a year, Dec. 6, as the Bach Festival Orchestra played. PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERMaitlands Season of Light celebration lit up Lake Lily on Dec. 1, with the Maitland Middle School Orchestra playing holiday music. Lighting up the holiday season

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The Congregation Ohev Shalom will host a fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science with former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and host of NPRs popular Science Friday Ira Flatow. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets are available at COS or the Roth JCC. The Central Florida Anthropological Society (CFAS) Lecture Series presents Jupiter Missile Crash Site Investigation with Thomas Penders is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Leu Gardens: 1920 N. Forest Ave. For more information contact Kevin Gidusko at 321-948-3994.DEC. 14Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for our monthly breakfast gathering featuring Bill Oakley, President & CEO of Good will Industries of Central Florida. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:45 a.m. with the program to follow at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., Culture and Cocktails returns to Art & History Mu seums Maitland. The reception for artist Nathalie Chikhis work will be both inside and outside of the A&Hs Germaine Marvel Building at 210 W. Packwood Ave. Its free to A&H members, and $5 to not-yet-members with a free drink included. At 5:15 p.m. Dec. 14, bring the whole fam ily to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for a special night of free events including a gallery tour, art demonstration and live music. Following the tour, at 6 p.m., attend a demonstration of techniques for making stained-glass windows. From 5 to 8 p.m., harpist Victoria Lynn Schultz will provide the perfect accompa niment to your stroll through the galleries. Finish off the evening at 7 p.m., in Central Park West Meadow by catching a front-row seat to one of the most-acclaimed series of the year, Downton Abbey, during a free screening of its season three premiere. This special event is open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to the event. The Maitland Senior Center presents a pro gram for elders from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Friday of the month (Dec. 14), staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). The program provides free unbiased counseling about Medicare, Medigap, HMOs, Medicaid, prescriptions drug plans, and long term care. Bring your list of medications or Rx bottles, insurance card and red, white and blue Medicare card. DEC. 15A book launch party for the childrens book Up and away on my rst ight is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Enders Place in Baldwin Park; 947 Fern Ave. Author April Ready will be there with musical guest Mr. Richard. Visit cubventures.com for more details. DEC. 18 Roberta Lerman, artist and art teacher at the Maitland Senior Center took up story telling a few years ago. Join us for a onewoman performance presenting an assortment of short stories. Refreshments will be served. Its all at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Maitland Senior Center. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/events/ search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.comDEC. 13Newcomers of Central Floridas Dec. 13 holiday luncheon will include seasonal musical entertainment by the Hot Cocoa singers at Maison & Jardin, 430 S. Wymore Road, in Altamonte Springs. Advance reservations are required and tickets are $23. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please visit newcomersCFL.org or contact wmuhr@yahoo.com or 407-366-9084. Chanukah Zimriyah is at 6:45 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center audi torium. Please have your guests RSVP to jkaye@myjao.org. We will show case our wonderful Jewish Academy students and celebrate Hanukkah to gether.DEC. 14 The Park Avenue Merchant Association will host an evening of holiday cheer on Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Association will light the Avenue with luminaries and invites inviting the community to come shop during extended hours and enjoy a fun evening in downtown. Activities will include the ice rink, free admission at the Morse museum and a sneak preview of season three of Downton Abbey in Central Park.DEC. 15The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual Christmas program, A Classic Christmas, featuring the Bach Festival Choir, Or chestra and Youth Choir, conducted by John V. Sinclair. In addition to classic holiday favorites, such as Joy to the World and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, this years program also includes orchestra performances of Carol of the Bells and other sea sonal treats. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel located at Rollins College; 1000 Holt Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $55. Call the box ofce at 407-646-2182 or visit Bach FestivalFlorida.org Santas Parade will wind through the streets of Maitland on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit inde pendencelane.com for more details on when and where Santa will be. DEC. 16The Maitland Symphony Orchestra will perform its Christmas Concert, From the Heart at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Visit pamaitland.org/ orchestra for more information. DEC. 13: Winter Band ConcertThe Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Ann Deringer Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/Wnr9wt Dec. 14: Winter in the Park goes live Beginning at 3 p.m., the citys fourth annual Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink will be open and WKMG Local 6, the ice rinks exclusive television sponsor, will be on site for WKMG Day until 9 p.m. Join local news personalities at Winter in the Park and possibly get a chance at your 15 seconds of fame as they broadcast live at the rink!

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Page 12 Lifestyles S H I N E A band hits the stage at a music festival, their music blasting over the crowd as they passionately sing along. The people clap to the rhythm, belt it out to the cho rus, their voices mixing with the music. Its loud, its natural and it sounds so real. But it isnt, not exactly. It takes a lot more than staging a music festival to make it sound like a musical festival for a movie. While the images are there, danc ing and playing across the screen, theres a whole crew making the noise behind the scenes. Michael Orlowski, a Full Sail University graduate and now the schools dubbing stage engineer, knows how its done. In Novem ber, he won a Best Sound/Sound Mixing for a Feature award for his work creating and layering the and television in Florida and con sists of a panel of Emmy, Grammy, and/or Oscar-winning judges, awarded six Full Sail graduates and several faculty members with wins for their work. Sound develops the story What stands out about the music plays a role, and how it unway, allowing you to hear and re ally feel how she does, said Anne Watters, the program director for premiered at the Florida Film Festivals opening night in April, diction and self-harm. It follows her as music, friends and a drive to live help her triumph over it all. its much more powerful in a All through out the beginning is isolated and alienated from everyone. The music is sparse and quiet, sad. At the music festigetting back in touch with her life before drugs. Shes with friends, and the music brings them all together again. The moment feels so victorious; the layers of sound make it feel so real. And that wasnt easy, Or lowski said. More than 70 people were gathered to create that atmo sphere of sound. Actors, students, faculty members and volunteers stood together in Full Sails dubbing stage, which was turned into a massive karaoke room. With song, streaming the words across a movie-theatersized screen, they all sang together. That was layered on top of a CD track of the song, along with painstakingly chosen sound matched exactly to the already of the clapping of the actors. Or lowski describes sound mixing like a giant problem in a movie that he loves to solve. Its all about the little details when it comes to sound, but they can make a story intriguing or distracting. They propel the story forward and add atmosphere, emotion and drama without being noticed all the time, and thats what its all about, he said. said. Creating worlds C.A. Barrow, the 2011 Full Sail valedictorian, can relate with his experience as production deSet Design for a Short Film. Bar row said he loves the clues that a characters environment can give. Barrow created surroundings s by pouring over design books of the times, picking details that would make it feel real. At one acters could walk right through decades. His crowning achievement was a study room that much of the action takes place in. Deep cherry wood envelops the characters in darkness, setting the seri ous tone of the scenes. them to get lost in if the audience questions where they are for a moment it kind of breaks that about keeping the audience be lieving that what theyre watch Creating worlds is what Full Sail is all about, Watters said. She loves being a part of making stu about innovation and pushing the an artist you just have to bring Orlowski said.Full Sail gradsSix Full Sail graduates and several faculty BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Renee previewed at the Florida Film Festival and may be in select theaters soon. For more information about the lm, visit reneethemovie. com. For more information about Full Sail, visit fullsail.edu Youre creating this world for them to get lost in if the audience questions where they are for a moment it kind of breaks that world. Its just about keeping the audience believing that what theyre watching is real. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERMichael Orlowski won a Crystal Reel Award for his work on the movie Renee. Hes one of six Full Sail grads to win the award.

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Page 13 rfntbnbnnnn nnnrr rbt Over her Thanksgiving holiday break, Izzy Hadala sat holed up at home with her laptop, pecking few words of her second novel. four months ago, but Izzy already sits with a pad of paper containing countless ideas carefully scrolled, many more scribbled out, brain storming for her second. Shes trying to reach a more mature audience this time, she says. An audience thats more wooed with free clothing than chocolate chip cookies. An audience, she says, even more in need of the message shes trying to share. Her one-letter-at-a-time typing is measured and thoughtful by both intent and necessity. As her hands move across the keyboard, they tell a story beyond the words shes crafting on the computer screen but one shes learned to sum up in less than 10 minutes, or turing her hands out widely in emphasis and display. Born with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that halted the de but not in the same way or shape of those folded in the laps of room gave a speech to her classmates at Altamonte Elementary explaining of their questions out of the way, and we could kind of continue the year without it being awkward or complimented her shoes and soc cer skills theyd seen her practicgrade boys asked if shed been bitten by a shark or had her hands caught a lawn mower. Getting the questions out of the way now, she said, was better than dealing with peating her yearly mantra. cookies, so if they werent go ing to pay attention to me, they would associate me with cookies, she says looking back now with a laugh. that speech into a book, pub lished in August by Wild Onion Press a publisher that focuses on putting out stories by and for In the book, a boy named Charlie, born with a facial cleft, overcomes giving a speech to his classmates At 14, now going into her last semester of eighth grade at Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, Izzy is working on her second novel in between classes, soccer practice, and making trips to tell her story across the community and the coun try. Shes stopped giving her speech in school due to middle schools revolving class schedule a laugh and instead is working to spread her message of stopping bullying on a larger scale. After being named one of Florida Hospitals Healthy 100, in spotlighted Izzy and her book following her from doctor visits at the hospital to classroom guestspeaking visits in local schools. An Aeropostle-labeled navy polo shirt she wore in the segment spurred a partnership with the teen clothing store, and a trip for Izzy and her mom to New cess of its clothing and an opportunity to share her story with others. The brand also shipped enough sweaters to her school to give one to every sev enth and eighth grader at Or angewood, along bracelets given out in October for national antibullying month. Free clothes and bracelets, she jokes, being the middle school equivalent of an anti-bullying award just as cookies were in el ementary school. her mother Jackie Hadala says a whirlwind of things its hard to keep track. If you told me Christ mas was tomorrow, Id probably Jackie says watching Izzy grow up and mature from a persistent baby using her hands the best she could to scoot and scoop up her rattle, to stepping up to combat the pestering questions, behindher-back whispers and in-public pointing that shadowed her ado lescence, has changed her ideas of bullying and how the community can come together to stop it. Its no longer about just being pushed down on the playground, or getting your lunch money stolen, she says, its become more clever and less direct. actually think is more prevalent now, but just as hurtful, but hard to prove and hard to get under At Orangewood Izzy is a famil iar face, from spreading her story at sermons to leading the middle Tim Mitchell says, and instead is recognized for her positive atti tude and academic performance. He says she has a knack for making people feel comfortable around her that makes her shin ing light on the schools campus. ence. It takes very little amount of time with her to realizeshe is tackle anything. Theres nothing shes not willing to take on Izzy is who she is and you just love her From the silent bullying, soc cer to writing, her mom says shes watched Izzy overcome and suc ceed in doing everything shes put her mind to in her 14 years. with a headshake and a mockZipping back and forth on the feet laced up in cleats and hands only used pumping up and down for speed, she melds seamlessly with her red-and-white jerseyed team. She steps up and calls plays, and celebrates goals with exuber At her church, First United Methodist of Winter Park, she sings with the choir, and volun teers weekly with its youth group. In the preschool library down the hall sits a copy of her book to be read and checked out by the church children. Her next book, she hopes, will land in the youngadult section, refreshing middle how people with them arent al author, Izzy, Id say no way, youve got the wrong girl. Im supposed to be sitting home watching TV all day, right? But ina laugh. kind of because Im not sure Im PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERIzzy Hadalas condence has helped her to break down stereotypes about differences and made her fast friends in school. Now the 14-year-old is writing her second book. SARAH WILSON Observer Staff For more information about Izzys book, The First Day Speech, visit wildonionpress.com/FirstDaySpeech. html Beyond the rst-day speech Orangewood student uses her experiences to help others DEC. 12In Chasing Ice, we follow National Geographics James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year re cord of the worlds changing glaciers. Balogs hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breath taking rate. Visit Enzian.org for show times all weekend, starting Friday. DEC. 13The Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Ann Deringer Auditorium on Thurs day, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/Wnr9wtDEC. 14Beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 14, the citys fourth annual Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink will be open and WKMG Local 6, the ice rinks exclusive television sponsor, will be on site for WKMG Day until 9 p.m. Join local news personalities at Winter in the Park, and possibly get a chance at your 15 seconds of fame as they broadcast live at the rink! At 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 14, bring the whole family to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for a special night of free events includ ing a gallery tour, art demonstration and live music. Following the tour, at 6 p.m., attend a demonstration of techniques for making stained-glass windows. Children attending the art demonstration will receive an art ac tivity gift to take home. From 5 to 8 p.m., harpist Victoria Lynn Schultz will provide the perfect accompaniment to your stroll through the galleries.DEC. 15 A book launch party for the chil drens book Up and away on my rst ight is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Enders Place in Baldwin Park; 947 Fern Ave. Author April Ready will be there with musical guest Mr. Richard. Visit cubventures.com for details. Santas Parade will wind through the streets of Maitland on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit inde pendencelane.com for more details on when and where Santa will be. ONGOINGMaitland Public Library Happenings: WEEKLY PROGRAMS: Mondays is Legos Engineers for ages 9-14 at 4 p.m. Tuesdays is Preschool Stories & Crafts at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays is Baby Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays is Adventurers with Books at 2 p.m. Thursdays is Reading Buddies (rst-fourth grades) at 4 p.m. Food for Fines runs through Dec. 16. Proceeds go to the Church of the Good Shepherd food bank. THIS WEEK: Friday, Dec. 14, is Share a Book Title Book Club at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, is LCC Astrono my presenting the lm Bright Objects in the Night Sky at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, LCC Astronomy returns with Our Moon, Earths Near est Neighbor at 1:30 p.m., and a Po etry Workshop 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, LCC Astronomy continues with Jupiter and its Amaz ing Moons at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, LCC Astronomy presents Jupiter and our Moon and telescope viewing at 6:30 p.m. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com

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Page 14 Now in the permanent collection at the Polasek Museum In this joyous art story, a bust of Woodrow Wilson previously thought destroyed by Nazis in World War II is now on per manent display at the Polasek Museum. This new acquisition, an extraordinary piece of Ameri can history, was created by Albin Polasek in 1928 and dedicated by dent of Czechoslovakia. After the U.S. declared war on Nazi Germany, the monument was destroyed in 1941, but after the war ended, one original plaster cast of Wilsons bust was hid den in a warehouse in Prague, where it was discovered in 2008. Now on display at the Polasek Museum, guests can learn about the intriguing story surrounding it. Museum visitors may view the bust as part of the tour of the historic Polasek home. Call 407647-6294 or visit polasek.orgNow through Dec. 30 Mass Appeal at the Mad Cow TheatreHappily ensconced in its new home at Church Street Station, the Mad Cow Theatre continues its season with the Tony-nominatstory of Mark Dolson, a seminary student, and his mentor Father Tim Farley, Mark deals with what he feels are hypocrisies in the Catholic faith. As the story progresses, Mark causes Father Tim to take a deeper look at his faith and beliefs. This touching comedy was made into a movie in 1984 starring Jack Lemmon and Charles Durning. Mad Cow is at 54 W. Church St. in Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.comDec. 13 through 28 Three Artists Arting The Steinway Piano Gallery has a rich tradition of presenting local artists, and this tradition will end as least until Steinway Central Floridas most popular artists will present this triple treat way Piano in Altamonte Springs. The nature-inspired paintings joined by abstracts by Annette Margulies and textural works by Fern Matthews. The opening is Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Dec. 13 through 16 Babes in Toyland in Sanford At the Wayne Densch Per forming Arts Center in Sanford, where their commitment is to familiar characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes joining together to present a Christmasthemed musical extravaganza. Based on an operetta by Victor Hood and a host of other charac ters bringing their own holiday story to children of all ages. Call schperformingartscenter.comDec. 15 and 16 Bach Festivals Classic ChristmasHallelujah to the chorus! One of the most anticipated events of every holiday season is the per formance featuring the 160-voice Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra Choir and Orchestra. Performed in the acoustically superb College campus, these perfor Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. feature classic ites. Call 407-646-2182 or visit BachFestivalFlorida.orgDec. 16 Maitland Symphonys Holiday Concert from the Heart At this annual musical event, hosted at the First Presbyte rian Church of Maitland, the 100-member Maitland Symphony Orchestra will perform a free Musical guests include Mauricio Orlando Philharmonic, and sing a guest conductor appearance by Donna Dowless, Orlandos of or visit PAMaitland.orgDec. 21 A Very Merry Power Chords Christmas concertAn amazing group of young singer/dancers trained at the present their unique version of a Christmas concert at the Orlando Attending one of their concerts is not only an hour of sheer joy at any time of the year, but its also one of Central Floridas talent of tomorrow. The whole Chords LIVE. Visit orlandorep. com/event/a-very-merry-powerchords-concert or call 407-896Josh 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.Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar AT ROLLINS COLLEGE SINCE 1935 JOHN V. SINCLAIR, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTORA CLASSIC CHRISTMASWith John V. Sinclair Knowles Memorial Chapel DEC 15 | 7:30 PM DEC 16 | 2:00 PM Always a sellout. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!THE BACH FESTIVAL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRAMAKE THE SEASON SING The Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation The Galloway Foundation Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Come ska te at the holiday ice rink in Central Park West Meadow!November 16, 2012 thruJanuary 6,2013Monday thru Thursday > 3 p.m. 9 p.m. Friday > 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday > 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday > Noon 8 p.m.see website for extended school holiday hoursAll day general admission $10(includes skates)407-599-3203 >cityofwinterpark.org/WITP WINTER PARK in the special thanks to our sponsors WITP Observer Ad 5x8_WITP Observer Ad 5x8 11/7/12 12:10 PM Page 1 This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Directed by Barry Levinson THE BAY Fri Tue, Thu 9:00 Wed 9:30 Filmed in Orlando! Midnight Movies: MIAMI CONNECTION Fri & Sat 11:59PM Oscar Shortlist (Best Documentary) CHASING ICE Fri Sun 4:00, 6:30 Mon, Tues, Thu 6:30 Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS 8:00 Free

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Page 15 The home mortgage inter est deduction saves the average homeowner thousands of dollars at tax time, supports home values at the community level, and helps American homebuyers get gress is currently looking at ways to reduce the mortgage interest deduction, a reduction that the oppose. Having a tax deduction for mortgage interest makes owning the deduction lowers the amount of tax you pay. Increasing housto buy a home of their own responsibly; increasing the number of homebuyers helps keep home prices stable for those who already own homes by ensuring a steady stream of new buyers. In general, homeowners who pay U.S. taxes and who itemize their taxes can deduct mortgage interest attributable to a primary residence and second-home debt totaling $1 million, and interest paid on home equity debt of as much as $100,000. Those who fa vor keeping the mortgage interest deduction say it helps middleincome families, who already pay nearly all U.S. income taxes. According to the National owners pay 80 percent to 90 percent of the income tax in our country. So homeowners, who are the pillars of federal income tax revenue, would have to shoulder a bigger tax burden if there is a reduction in mortgage interest deduction. Plus, getting rid of the mortgage interest deduction would hurt home prices. According to the National Association of 15 percent as buyers discount the value of the mortgage interest de interest deduction does have its supporters. Arguments in favor of reducing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction centhe government should support homeownership: It primarily helps the wealthy, since high-income taxpayers are more likely to item ize their deductions and to own homes. Taxpayers who dont itemize deductions get to use the that because it gives them a big ger tax break than itemizing to use the mortgage interest deduction. Ending or reducing the mortgage interest deduction would create a deep source of money for reducing the budget In the aftermath of the mortgage crisis, the U.S. needs to rethink its favored tax treatment of home ownership. als believe that protecting the deduction promotes housing and ensures continued improvements in the housing market. In supporting the mortgage interest deduction, you help ensure that tomorrows families can follow the same path to homeownership that so many of us have already traveled.Stephen Baker, RE/MAX Central Realty, is chairman of the board of directors of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. 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. 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Increasing housing affordability increases the number of renters who can afford to buy a home of their own responsibly; increasing the number of homebuyers helps keep home prices stable for those who already own homes by ensuring a steady stream of new buyers.

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Page 16 on track to continue the positive growth of this past year. More banks are opting to work with their customers to modify their home loans. Some lenders are sales to distressed homeowners complete with relocation assistance in the form of a check. For a while there it seemed like you couldnt turn a corner without seeing a notice of foreclosure in a window, or a boarded up house. Now banks are more willing to work with customers to modify or short sell homes, resulting in fewer foreclosures. A few years back, builders simply couldnt construct a home for what foreclosures were selling for. Now that the oversupply of real estate longer there to clog up the mar ket, more and more buyers are turning to new construction. So many buyers are choosing new homes, housing starts are up 47 percent over last year, and per September and October the best months for new home starts since 2008 according to CNN Money. Certainly these are positive mark ers, but will this trend continue? sales are expected to increase So whats the rush to buy new? The obvious reasons are the design details, as well as being a part of the building process from the ground up. Another reason is the lack of inventory elsewhere in the market. Orlando currently has a three-month supply of in ventory, meaning there are 8,094 homes for sale, down 18 percent from this time in 2011. Less resale homes to choose from combined with continued growth in the demand for housing, especially in destination markets such as Central Florida, have created a window of opportunity and builders are seizing the day. and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ashton Woods Homes, shares this success story; ermere area for pre-sales in April 2012 with 82 lots. We sold our last home there in November, with prices appreciating $20k during this time. The Orlando Market is back, healthy and primed for for the National Association of ues will rise 15 percent over the next three years meaning fewer goes on to say the increasing demand for homes may even cause shortages and more rapid price gains. With demand projected to continue, new home constructionas well as the housing market overallcan expect to see more silver linings just like this.Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaSellsOrlando.com New construction rises from the ashes, gains expected to continue CHRISTINA RORDAM Guest Writer

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Page 17 Who better knows the real estate in Baldwin Park?Someone who lives there. View: www.4424NewBroadStreet.com 3 Car garage$1,495,0005886 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms5 fullbaths2 half baths rfntb bnfttntnn ntnn bftt n btn bbnttnffrbnnn tntnbbnb tbbnnn bbtfb bntnntnnt tftnf bttfnnft bfnntntnn tbn tbnn Real Estate Briefs Mercantile closes $364 million in loansSince Jan. 1, Mercantile Capital Corp. has closed more than 85 commercial loans to nance projects totaling $364 million, and by the end of the year that total could reach $450 million, Christopher Hurn, chief executive ofcer of Mercantile Capi tal, said. Mercantile Capital ranks as one of the nations leading providers of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans for small business owners who want to acquire or develop their own facilities.C&P designs Fresh MarketsCuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, recently completed design work for two Fresh Market Supermarket stores one in Pensacola and another in Daphne, Ala. Lonnie Peterson, chairman of Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, said the facilities total 21,000 square feet and 19,400 square feet. Both stores are nishing construction.Wawa designed in Baldwin ParkCuhaci & Peterson Architects, in conjunction with CBX based in New York City, has designed Orlandos rst six Wawa stores, which are now open on Central Florida Parkway, Goldenrod Road, Silver Star Road, and South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, and on North Orange Blossom Trail and U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. In addition, another 20 Wawa stores are set to open in Florida in 2013, said Jed Downs, president of the architectural rm based in Orlandos Baldwin Park. The new prototype stores are intend ed to reect the style and inuence of Florida architecture, and include exterior characteristics that reference south and central Florida historical building types, Downs added. Five of the 20 additional stores will open in the Central Florida region by the second quarter of 2013, and another four are scheduled to open in the Tampa Bay area.New townhome communityAshton Woods Homes has acquired 66 threeand fourbedroom townhome sites at Copley Square located off Michigan Street and Delaney Avenue south of downtown Orlando.

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Page 18 Opinions My mind works in mysterious ways, and sometimes annoying ones. That it began recalling the decades old epic fail of Geraldo dust and a few bottles is just the way those gears began to turn as I anticipated last Thursday morn ing. But the smile on my face as I rushed from home was because I knew real treasures were in my future. Being allowed to observe all involved with the Morse Mu seums Christmas in the Park event coming together, I couldnt help but think Christmas had come early. As I stood inside their warehouse upon signing in and seeing the large neon signs of one time local businesses above me, that seemed to understate it. I asked to take a few pictures and Walter, the security guard, hit the most excellent start with lights vated this visit. As I told others what Id be doing that morning, most wanted to know how the windows are moved. What I found was that these amazing old-school works of art are handled and transported in a very old-school manner, albeit, an extraordinarily careful one. The windows remain in their display boxes all year long waiting for their next performance. They stood there in a corner, rather ominously, looking like large dominoes, ones that will never be allowed to topple. Those handles on the sides get used, and are not there by ac cident. Theyre pulled and leaned and then rolled oh-so-carefully, slowly, six men constantly aware of the treasures they have been charged with transporting, and protecting in the process. Loaded conduct the same dance, some what in reverse. I watch with Catherine Hinman, the Morse Museums publications. She notes that this is fun for her, too, as she never just stands and watches. Her narra tion of what I see, both in moving the windows and other sights within the warehouse, was a treat in and of itself. Details spew forth easily. She endures my requests to repeat something, as I reach for my recorder, making my own tape backup sounds in encour agement. She describes the days the museums desires in that regard and Hugh and Jeannette McKeans. As we watch the loading, I ask about the bulbs that light the windows from behind. She notes they are now LED, which were not adequate for the job until the last few years. She speaks of fuses that would sometimes blow in the old setup, a concern technology has evolved. It used to be that we had a person at every window and when Larry said May I have the lights, please, each individual tried to synchronize. Now, with technology, we have a wireless system which allows them all to come on exactly I ask about a nearby blanket with chairs on it. The enthusiasts are already arriving at about to them as squatters. Catherine I go over to a young mother now setting up two chairs on sions or an iPod, or another reference to another recent day Her name is Catherine Stella and she and her family are here for the sixth straight year. I ask about the placement strategy, as this is obviously not all about being the sidewalk so that we can get to the bathroom, because we have children. And its close to the sound booth so that we can locate has told me about taking copious any little issues which come up. It should be seamless, everything should be invisible; its just an art installation and a great musical now, thinking its obvious attend ees plan from one event to the next as well. again, Catherine riding with me. Shes been fretting over a 40 percent chance of rain. I reassure her that a 40 percent chance from people who are right 60 percent or less of the time is pretty good. The event was only nearly rained out once. She says it rained all day during set up, but stopped about 10 minutes before the show. Then, just before the shows scheduled end, it started John Sinclair literally had to announce that it was time to leave, We discuss caring for the windows, and their conservation. of the historic homes such as Tif taking the windows apart, pieceby-piece to reconstruct, dealing with buckling which occurs over have to maintain them and watch their condition, and protect them Back in the park I see Nancy Miles setting up a large group of already reserving spots and wed better get there, so thats what they want to be close enough to I walk about taking pictures, notice an elaborate table that stands out. I ask Steve Vaughan, who put it all together, if I can ways sit behind this light because mark on his setup and he says his wife Kirsten has trained him well. It includes miniature fruitcake cookies his mother shipped in from Kentucky just for the event. He invites me back for a glass of wine, and I assure him he will see me again. He did. Just before the windows are lit, I see a very dry Catherine, no wonderful. Its really wonderful. The only thing we were worried about was the weather, and the weathermen, thankfully, were Clyde Moore operates local sites ILUVWinterPark.com and ILUVParkAve. 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. Check out his column on WPMObserver.com by navigating to Columnists > Clyde MooreTraditional tax planning has often been summarized and the changes scheduled to occur Jan. 1, as well as our politicians acting like lemmings ready to go not be the best advice. Starting next year, and without legislative action, the and new Medicare taxes enacted as part of health care reform will The expiration will eliminate brackets sonal exemption and itemized deduction phase-out dividends the $1,000 refundable child tax credit In addition, there are Medicare tax changes and additions. First, the rate of the individual share of Medicare tax will increase from earned income above $200,000 for single, and $250,000 for joint share will not change, creating a employment income. In addition, investment income such as capi tal gains, dividends and interest extent income exceeds $200,000 Between rate increases and deduction decreases, the top combined rates on income jump percent for dividends and inter est, and more than 42 percent for earned income. As we can see, it may not make the best sense to defer income into next year in light of these tax rate increases. Alterna tively, it may make sense instead to defer deductions and actually accelerate income. The easiest income to control gain and pay tax on stock and other securities without changing position. There is no wash sale rule on capital gains, so stock can be sold and bought back immediately to recognize the gain. But if much of your net worth is tied up in one asset because youre deferring the tax bill on a large gain, this might be a good time to reallocate that equity. tax by timing how you exercise options. If you do not plan to hold incentive stock options capital gains treatment, you can exercise them and sell the stock before tax rates increase. traditional individual retirement while tax rates are low. Tax will be owed on the amount of the conversion now in exchange for no tax on future distributions if the conversion is made properly and certain other conditions are met. ing out of the deferral of gain available in an installment sale. Deferred income on most install ment sales can be accelerated by pledging the installment note for a loan. Caveats: First, determine whether tax increases will apply to you. Tax any income below the income not increase at all. Also, if youre subject to the acceleration in tax. In addition, economic considerations should always come before any tax-motivated sale. We strongly suggest discussing tax strategies within the context of your overall Lastly, lets hope our political leaders prove our lemmings metaphor wrong and actually deliver some clarity to taxpayers Ron Tamayo, CFP, is a founder and partner with Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC, a wealth management rm based in Maitland. He has been a nancial planning practitioner for 25 years and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Financial Planning. He can be reached at ron@ moisandtzgerald.comRON TAMAYO Guest WriterYear-end tax planning Its different this time Ron TamayoClyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Window wondersWe highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local The Owls Attic The Owls Attic at 4031 Forsyth Road not only sells cool vintage clothing and house wares, but also local jewelry and art. Theyll even have your own clothing item customized for you with unique, fun and colorful art! Visit theowlzattic.com PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVERCaretakers move a Tiffany window into position in Winter Parks Central Park on Dec. 6.

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Page 19 Heres what readers wrote about the Dec. 6 article Winter Park funeral home hosts art gallery:A terric article, photos and what a marvy lesson about marketing and stepping way outside of our comfort zone. Am so glad we did it! Kudos to all of the AW artists, thanks Marla for sharing, and thank you Platform Art and Cox-Parker you guys are the bomb!!!CHERYL JONES EVANSCant express how much I appreciate this! Great article about the art gallery opening. Thank you Winter Park-Maitland Observer.XIOMARA ALEKSIC Chris Jepson PerspectivesLouis Roney Play On!Losing faith in Winter ParkI have totally lost all faith in the ing regarding the old DMV property at the southwest corner of Canton Avenue spoke made a case that this project had been permitted in 2006, but was not built and that even though the city master plan was changed in 2009, this project should be allowed go forward as it had been permitted for in 2006. So I am thinking, what was the point of the master plan if the city is going to allow projects to go forward that do not adhere to the new recommendations? master plan were for such things as the height and parking space requirements. And by the way, the speaker said that the trees on the property are distressed and would have to be removed. This person turned out to be a Winter Park employee. est than to have a city employee petition ing the board on behalf of a development project. When I was given the chance, I spoke up about the already problematic parking space shortage across the street at the Winter Park Village, but no one seemed to care. Then another Winter Park resi dent spoke, and as an aside asked what was happening with the property along the east side of Denning Drive from Canton Avenue to Depugh Street and she was basically told that that was none of her business. One gentleman on the board did mention that the property was probably in litigation and that nothing would be happening soon. Two weeks later I received in the mail from the city of Winter Park a whole proposal for that site with zoning board meeting times all noted. And now we have the city of Winter Park changing the replanting and mon etary fee requirements you need to pay to the city when you remove a large tree. I think the city of Winter Park has completely forgotten what is good for the city. These developments may bring increased revenues, but they also require additional services from the city, which cost money to supply. This concept of live, work and play is nice but, since I know people who get in their car and drive two doors down to visit with their neighbor, is inherently ready congested intersection at the corner just a few blocks away from the DMV project, Winter Park is going to become a very congested place on that side of town. And since that intersection cannot be widened, our problems here in Winter Park are going to get worse. Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka Winter ParkA preacher I am not. However, in spite of myself, I think. When people come upon a big crowd and cannot see whats causing it, they At this time of year our shops, churches and thoroughfares are crowded with hustling and bustling. What is the source of the energy behind all this, in a world where people must pay advertisers to get attention focused on their products? The source is so simple and unpretentious that it is hard for us complicated folks to deal with it. 2,000 years ago would ordinarily not command much attraction in todays helter-skelter world. The boy, born in Bethlehem, lived but a short life, never possessions. He had no publicity com mittee to spread his name, although since then, the words of his mouth have raced around the world under their own pro pulsion. He asked nothing for himself. He asked only that others do the ultimate for themselves, that is: Celebrate the source of their own worth. Two thousand years later his name is still the best known on our planet. If everyone of us followed his suggestions, it seems to me that the world say the same for any dictatorial forces in history, e.g.: Adolf Hitler, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, etc. The evidence of mundane evil is seen everyday in the strife that kills so many of us in war and terrorism that leave little or nothing of lasting value in their wake. Love may be the most beautiful and benign of human emotions, but hatred is clearly capable of destroying loves purest was cruelly tortured and done in, in a way that should perhaps make all of us unsure of our own destinies. A lesson learned from this tale may should I strive to be better than my breth The human spirit is always ready to hook, and so the most divine of inspira tions is often abandoned at its source. All over the Western world are spires, some small and some monumental, that dot the landscape and command our at tention often without our considering the spirit that caused them to be built. The wealthy man who gives a generous gift to build a chapel, or even a cathedral, is perhaps motivated in part by of his past misdeeds and unkindnesses. This writer makes no claim to being a religionist, but there is surely something very eerie about the Nazarenes words that have made them endure through the centuries, and attract a devoted plethora of followers around the world. Good words are declared and sung every week of the year in our steepled buildings, and the sound increases mightily at this season. The simplest words of the Nazarene are broadcast from the pulpit as though they contained pro As to Einstein, when he was asked if he believed in a Creator, he shrugged his About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. Kahlil Gibran My sister, Saint Sandra Once of Socorro, recounts a wonderful story of a day traveled from where they rested at night to savannahs of grass they grazed upon during the day. At the close of each day they could go directly back to their place of rest but consciously opted to go out of their way, up a rather long hill that overlooked a valley, where they paused to watch the beauty of the setting sun. The human observing this choice believed that these wild creatures had a sense, an appreciation for the beauty of this world such that they intentionally sought it out. I particularly like this story because it illustrates the power of beauty, that it is such a prevalent feature mals. Humans throughout history have endeavored, regardless of circumstances, to have beauty in their lives. It is the rare human environment that has no personal examples, no indi vidual expressions of what constitutes an Edgar Leeteg-like black velvet Elvis, but that merely illustrates the personal nature of beauty. My mother could be a bit judgmental in this regard, that an taste was all in their mouth. Haha! Love that Mom. While in Ashville, N.C. this past summer I visited the Grovewood Gallery adjoining the Grove Park Inn. The Gallery American craftsman. I viewed furniture covered with fabrics created and pro duced by Mary Lynn OShea. Absolutely stunning. I was the equivalent of a lumbeauty of an African sunset. Only it was gorgeous fabric. One thing led to another. I contacted Mary Lynn OShea, spent approximately 55 days visiting her website (mollyroing fabric samples, talking extensively with the Vermont artist, and ultimately selecting four patterns for a chair and ottoman I had reupholstered at Decorative is owned by Terry and Nadine LaLonde, and is located at 9205 S. U.S. Hwy 17-92. and do marvelous work that I cannot recommend highly enough. Give them sent-cha! The aesthetic experience is a simple beholding of the object.... You experience a radiance. You are held in aesthetic arrest. Joseph Campbell In my newly reupholstered chair I will be sitting during my next experience of 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.USObeauty, cuff me now! A wondrous boy Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com PHOTO BY CHRIS JEPSON THE OBSERVERChris Jepson stands with Terry LaLonde (right), owner of Decorative Home Interiors who oversaw the reupholster ing of his pictured chair and ottoman. The fabrics came from Mary Lynn Oshea. Simply gorgeous, Jepson said.

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