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NEGLECTED STREETS SEE IMPROVEMENT After more than 30 years living off unpaved Amado Lane near the Maitland Boulevard overpass on U.S. Highway 17-92, Martha Bryant-Hall is an expert on the literal and gurative pits and peaks of living in what was once called the Woodbridge subdivision, annexed into Maitland in 2003. For 30 years shes fought for equality between the areas haves and have-nots. The Observer followed her ght from January to July of this year, as she watched what she thought was impossible progress eventually unfold. Read of the areas pits and peaks in Black area suffers service inequities here: tinyurl.com/MarthaBryantHall and read of the progress made as of July in Underserved Maitland residents see progress at tinyurl.com/ UnderservedinMaitland A dusty Christmas letter reminds this reader whats important this holiday season helping others. Page 9 Opinions Best of Lifestyles A world record fell, a skater dreamed of Olympic gold, and miracles helped families through tragedy. Page 5 Calendar Where will you ring in the new year? The Enzian is going retro with a Wheres Bond? party on Dec. 31. Page 4 Best of Sports Rollins ladies basketball deed all odds to make it to the NCAA semis, and a tennis star repeated at state. Page 6 CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security Bob@aSafeHarbor.com | ASafeHarbor.com(407) 644-6646 Learn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com When faced with stormy nancial waters, seek... Call us today for your guide to Social Security!404-644-6646 or visit www.ss.vip2site.com 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 Observers BEST STORIES OF 2012 C hange was a big theme for 2012. Business boomed all around. Some sports teams won big despite adversity. And some sad stories turned happy when they brought us together. Heres a look back at what we changed this year, and what changed us. WINTER PARK CELEBRATES 125 YEARS Much of the month of October this year was spent celebrating the city of Winter Parks 125th anniversary. From historical reenactments to a photo gallery to the past, and a runway show recreating 125-year-old fashions the city made a lot to do about looking back, and the Observer was there to report along the way. Visit tinyurl.com/125anniversary for a wrap up for anniversary events, and tinyurl.com/AnniversaryReenactment to relive the history revisited this year. OBAMA VISITS ROLLINS Central Floridians packed the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center at Rollins College to hear from President Barack Obama on Aug. 2. The grassroots campaign event for his eventual reelection in November fell two days before the presidents birthday, leading to a rousing round of Happy Birthday performed by the crowd. After canceling his rst scheduled visit on July 20 following the Aurora, Colo. shooting, his Aug. 2 speech marked the rst time a sitting U.S. president spoke at the school since Harry Truman in 1949. Read highlights of the event at tinyurl.com/ ObamaatRollins ELECTION YEAR BLOWOUTS AND UPSETS From January to November it was election season in Winter Park and Maitland. The year kicked off with a mayoral election that ended in blowouts in favor of both cities incumbents. Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley defeated challenger Nancy Miles with 71.71 percent of the vote, to her 28.29 percent. And in Maitland, reigning Mayor Howard Schieferdecker defeated former-Mayor Doug Kinson, earning 68 percent of the vote. Noteworthy in November, Dommerich Elementary School teacher Karen Castor-Dentel came through to upset Rep. Scott Plakon in a hotly contested local Florida House race. Dentel followed in the footsteps of her mother and sister, both well-known faces in Floridas political scene, to win District 30 in her rst bid for public ofce taking 53 percent of the vote. Read the Observers prole on Dentel at tinyurl.com/KarenCastorDentel CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 >> MAITLAND FIREFIGHTERS GET NEW HOME On Thursday, Jan. 19, exactly two years and two months after the old station closed, and more than a decade after the plan for a new re station was conceived, Maitlands new state-of-theart facility nally opened. The $3.8 million, 15,500-square-foot, three-story re station is the personication of what a traditional station should like, now-retired Fire Chief Ken Neuhard said. Hundreds of residents and many ofcials gathered to celebrate the decade-in-the-making unveiling. Take a look back at how the station came to be at tinyurl.com/MaitlandFireStation
Page 2 On behalf of the city of Winter Park, Id like to wish you a very safe and happy new year! Dont forget: Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands The City of Winter Park will proudly host the 6th annual Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands, featuring school bands from Rutgers University and Virginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 28. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the in tersection of Park and Lyman avenues, go ing north on Park Avenue through down town Winter Park. After turning west onto tral Park where they will perform for all fans to enjoy. Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands in Winter Park, please call 407-599-3463. City Hall closed City Hall will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Years Day and will reopen for regular business on Wednesday, Jan. 2. There will be no Waste Pro services on New Years Day, however recycling will still be collected. Normal services will re sume on the next regularly scheduled col lection day. New Years Eve and reworks With New Years Eve just around the the professionals. In Florida, virtually all festivity into a tragedy. Keep your friends and family safe this year by letting profes sionals do the show. Have a safe and happy new year! Last few days of ice skating! The last day to skate at the citys Winter in the Park ice skating rink is Sunday, Jan. 6. If you havent already taken a spin on the ice, theres only a little over a week left. Bring your friends and family to experience some cool fun before its all over. The rink is open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m.; Friday from noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. until Sunday, Jan 6. For more freezing information, please call 407-599-3203 or skate onto our blustery website at cityofwinterpark.org/WITP Walk more, bike more stay safe on the road For maps on the best trails in Winter online that show bike lanes, shared use paths and streets commonly used by cy clists. Visit cityofwinterpark.org > Resi dents Tab > Walking. Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark. org, nd us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on Vimeo. The holiday season can bring great joy and excitement to families. Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or the New Year, the Maitland you safe and from becoming a victim of very preventable and popular crimes that may occur around this time of year. THEFT OF GIFTS: There are plenty of grinches out there looking to spoil your holiday fun. We would highly recom mend everyone keeping their gifts and valuables locked inside their residences in a safe/secure place. If you have to keep your gifts in your cars this holiday season, be sure to keep your gifts in your locked trunk. Always make sure they are out of plain sight, be sure to lock your car and activate your cars alarm. The Maitland Police Department continues to investigate crimes associated with people leaving valuables in places where they can be easily taken by these opportunistic thieves. DELIVERY PACKAGE THEFTS: Many people do their holiday shopping online. As a result, many of those same people have their gifts delivered to their door step. A popular crime is opportunistic thieves following delivery trucks to residences where gifts are being deliv ered. The delivery truck would deliver the gift on the doorstep, and then when the delivery truck left, the thief would take the gift from the door stoop/porch without the homeowner knowing it. We recommend making arrangements to pick hub for the mailing service you are using (i.e. FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.). Also, keep Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Holiday safety tips from Maitland Police Department Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER (407) 514-0087 3.05% Certain restrictions apply. 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You can de crease your chance in becoming a victim of these two popular crimes by doing a few simple pro-active things: Lock your car and house, use an alarm system on your car and house, and immediately re port any suspicious activity you see going on in your neighborhoods. DRINKING AND DRIVING: The holidays are a very special time to share with your loved ones. During the holidays you may age or two with your family and friends. We would like to remind everyone that law enforcement patrols are increased during the holiday season and we encour age everyone to make sure they do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if they have been drinking alcohol. Please driver to get everyone home safely or take a taxi cab/shuttle/limo-town car service. The daily death toll from drunk driv ing crashes during the holiday period is of the year. In 2011, there were 932 people killed in drunk driving accidents last year in Florida alone. During the 2011 holiday season, of the 47 deaths on Florida roads, 13 were alcohol-related. Avoid becoming a victim of preventable and popular crimes holiday season with these safety reminders. Have a very happy and safe holiday season with your family and friends! Sgt. Louis Grindle Maitland Police Department Special Operations/ Community Policing
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Winter Park/Maitland Observer 2012 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Winter Park/Maitland Observer | 1500 Park Center Drive | Orlando, FL 32835 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com firstname.lastname@example.org Brittni Johnson (Orange & Seminole Counties) Legal@FLALegals.com TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association & Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of Commerce Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published by headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Seminole Voice, East Orlando Sun, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Merrilee Crain, Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster MAITLAND RESTARTS K-9 PROGRAM After falling unfunded for two years, the Maitland Police Departments K-9 program came back to life this year with Ofcer Taylor Stitt and Dutch Shepherd Bosco at the helm. The department secured money to restart the program from 2011 forfeiture funds, and after months of training, the citys K-9 cop hit the streets this October. Trained to sniff out narcotics and patrol city streets, Maitland ofcials say having the tag-team of Bosco and Stitt on their side greatly increases they security of residents and police ofcers in our community. The Observer tagged along for a night out with Maitlands new canine cop in October, which you can read about here: tinyurl.com/MaitlandK9. In December, an anonymous donor donated $5,000 to the police department to keep the K-9 program going strong into 2013. TWO STORIES ON ROLLINS NAB STATE EDITORIAL AWARDS The Observer and its sister publications won big at the Florida Press Association Awards on July 7 in Destin, winning awards for seven stories in three newspapers. Two stories about Rollins College won awards. Isaac Babcocks Rollins resurrects a legacy, following the rebirth of the colleges football team after 62 years, won rst place in the Sports Feature Story category. Brittni Johnsons Photographic memories, about a Rollins program that helps seniors overcome memory disorders through photography, won second place in Health, Medical and Science Reporting. Visit http://tinyurl.com/Observerwins for links to all of the award-winning stories. ALFOND INN RISES AT ROLLINS Since its groundbreaking late last year, construction of the Alfond Inn at Rollins College has steadily continued through 2012. The 100,000-square-foot hotel is set to serve as both a four-star stopover for visitors to Winter Park as well as a new nighttime lounge just east of Park Avenue. Its also designed to help raise funds for scholarships for Rollins students. The Inn is slated to open in summer 2013. CITY HALL CELEBRATIONS After nearly a decade of planning, Maitland saw the unveiling of its brand new threestory City Hall in August of this year. With a big red ribbon tied out front, and then cut by the Maitland City Council on Aug. 30, the city declared its new home open for business. The building allows the city to house all of its employees under the same roof for the rst time, and is hoped to be the rst installation in the new downtown district of Maitland. Visit tinyurl.com/ MaitlandCityHall to relive the historic celebration. August of 2012 also brought renovations to Winter Parks City Hall for the rst time since 1964. The $2.2 million renovation brought the building back to the future, with more modern dcor and high-tech conference room equipment. Visit tinyurl. com/WPCityHall for a recap. PARK NAMED FOR MLK In June, after a public vote and City Commission approval, Lake Island Park in Winter Park was chosen to be renamed for Americas most celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. The parks ties with the citys historically black west side community go back to the 1950s and beyond, when the land upon which Lake Island Park stands was a predominately black neighborhood. The city purchased the area to make it a park. A decade later, King was marching for the rights of black sanitation workers when he attained martyrdom in the wake of his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. The park will formally be dedicated to MLK on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. For more history on how the park was chosen, and the perils went through in the process, visit tinyurl.com/WinterParkMLK COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALIST FROM DOMMERICH In Lisa Rotenbergers Dommerich Elementary kindergarten class, no day is a boring one. There are the calming stretches before sitting on the reading mat, tracing shadows with fth-grade science buddies or tending to their garden, full of the ingredients needed to make most kids favorite food pizza. And thats what makes Rotenberger special, her colleagues said. Special enough to be named the Maitland schools Teacher of the Year, and one of ve nalists, out of 188 nominees, for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Teacher of the Year. The winner was announced Tuesday, Feb. 21, and it wasnt her, but that doesnt change her mission. Read more about Rotenbergers award-winning teaching philosophy in the Observers Feb. 16 article about her honor, at tinyurl.com/DommerichTeacher FAREWELL TO BROOKSHIRE ELEMENTARY A walk down the hallways of Brookshire Elementary School in its last few days conjured feelings of sadness and excitement, saying goodbye and welcoming new beginnings and the not-so-faint smell of paint. The students and staff spent their last couple days of the 2001-2012 school year saying farewell to their old school by painting on all the walls and throwing a giant party on June 5. Brookshire Elementary opened in Winter Park in 1960, and while the school had tried to keep up with more students and new technologies, this year was its time for a face-lift. The school is set to reopen for classes in the fall of 2013. Visit tinyurl.com/GoodbyeBrookshire to read the full story of a new beginning for Brookshire.
Page 4 FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas Calendar DEC. 27 Its the nal night for Bill Murrays Hyde Park on Hudson at the Enzian. In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Acad emy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Ol ivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York the rst-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Roy als are desperately looking to FDR for sup port. Final screenings are 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 27. DEC. 28 Winter Park will proudly host the sixth an nual Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands, with bands from Rutgers University and Vir ginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Russell Athletic Bowl game at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl Sta dium, school bands and mascots will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a Bandtastic Game Day Preview. The pa rade will start at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Lyman, going north on Park Av enue through downtown. After turning west onto Gareld Avenue, they will proceed to Central Park where they will perform. Join in on our E-book Class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the Maitland Public Li brary. The Library will be closed on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. and all day on Jan. 1. Contact John Guess at Jguess@maitlandpl.org for more information. DEC. 29 If youre still in a Bowl Parade mood the day after Winter Parks, the 32nd Orlando Citrus Parade steps off in downtown Orlando at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. DEC. 31 Wheres Bond? The New Years Party kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Enzian with screen ings of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery plus drinks, a DJ and VIP tables. Admission is $25. Visit Enzian.org or call 407-629-1088 for more information. Ring in the new year at the JCC! Children ages 18 months and up are welcome for a New Years party from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Children in third grade and up are in vited to sleepover at the J! JAN. 3 The Orange County Retired Educators Asso ciation will meet Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church; 644 W. Princeton St. A speaker from Orange County Public Schools will talk about the homeless population and what the school system is doing to help. Visit our website at ocrea-.org or call 407-677-0446. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join. ONGOING Vote for your favorite businesses in the Ob servers inaugural Ovations awards. Whos the best restaurant, night spot, fashion bou tique? Find out at our Jan. 17 awards gala, but the voting continues through Jan. 2, so stop by surveymonkey.com/s/winterpar kovations to join in! Join Panera Breads Hope for the Holi days campaign to help ght food insecu rity in Central Florida. In partnership with its customers, Panera will raise more than $200,000, which will directly help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. From Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, Panera will award each donor of $5 or more with a free scratch Panera gift card guaranteed to be valued between $5 and $200. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu cation Center it will be hosting the exhibit The Plot: A Graphic History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It will be on display at the Center from Jan. 1 until March 20. Its open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sun days 1 to 4 p.m. No admission is charged, and reservations are not necessary except for school groups. More information is avail able online at holocaustedu.org, or by calling 407-628-0555. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/events/search for more details. Send submissions to email@example.com DEC. 27-28: The Lettermen in Winter Park The Lettermen, the famous vocal male trio, are returning to St. Mar garet Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park. Two concerts, presented by Homeless Heart, will be held at 7 p.m. on the evenings of Dec. 27 (Christmas concert) and Dec. 28 (Broadway concert). Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved seating. Purchase tickets online at homelessheart.org This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Starring Academy Award Nominees Bill Murray & Laura Linney HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Fri Sun 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon 12:00, 2:30 Tue Thu 6:30, 9:15 The Martinis will be shaken not stirred for the Party of the Year! James Bond New Years Eve Party Mon 8:00 Midnight Movies: MIAMI CONNECTION Additional Showings Due to Popular Demand! Fri & Sat 11:59PM
Page 5 Lifestyles KIDS WITH CANCER BRING COMMUNITY TOGETHER Calls for love for London and cheers for Caitlin echoed throughout the Central Florida community this year. They were two of the estimated 200 children to be diagnosed with DIPGa uniformly fatal and incurable form of brain cancer this year, living less than 20 miles away from each other, and diagnosed three months apart. Family, friends, neighbors and strangers from throughout the Central Florida community and beyond worked to celebrate and support both childrens lives through fundraisers and events throughout the year. To read their stories from the May 17 issue of the Observer, visit tinyurl.com/LoveForLondon SKATER TAKES FLIGHT AMID CHAOS A quiet calm follows Liam Thomas as he glides out onto the ice of RDV Sportsplex on a chilly Thursday morning. The steel blades of his skates skim effortlessly over the surface as movements ow together faster, faster, building to a spinning, gravity-spurning leap into the air. Then he ies away. Overcoming the diagnosis of more than a dozen physical and mental disorders from stunted growth to autism, Liam has found refuge and success on the ice. Following a diagnosis of her own in late-2011, Liams mother Jan was given a prognosis of six months to live. News spread, and the Maitland community gathered to support her medical needs and Liams Olympic dreams. Revisit the Observers story Skater takes ight amid chaos, published June 21, at tinyurl.com/LiamThomas Family Calendar rfntbnb nnnn nnn rr rbt r f r f n rt t b t r f n t f n t rfn tb t t f n b tf r f n f t b b r r n DEC. 27 Ongoing through Jan. 2 your child can have fun with the JCC with activities like Space Day, RDV Ice Skating, Jungle Adventures field trip, Fun Spot field trip, Sports Day, and Snow Day (yes, real snow!) For more information, contact gwenb@ orlandojcc.org, call 407-645-5933, extension 249, or visit the registrar in the JCC lobby. The Lettermen, the famous vocal male trio, are returning to St. Mar garet Mary Catholic Church in Win ter Park. Two concerts, presented by Homeless Heart, will be held at 7 p.m. on the evenings of Dec. 27 (Christmas concert) and Dec. 28 (Broadway concert). Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved seating. Purchase tickets online at: homelessheart. org DEC. 28 Boys and girls ages 8-15 are in vited through Dec. 28 to join JCC Basketball Director Whitney Tossie for a unique basketball experience, emphasizing skill development, sportsmanship, offensive and de fensive strategies, and lots of fun. Sign up at the registrars desk for only $30 per day ($25 per day for JCC members). Our USPTA-certified tennis pros provide quality instructions in an atmosphere filled with fun, team work and discipline for boys and girls ages 6-12 with clinics through Dec. 28-31, and Jan. 2-4, offer non-stop action, focusing on to days most popular sport. Sign up at the registrars desk for only $30 per day ($25 per day for JCC mem bers). The city of Winter Park will proudly host the sixth annual Russell Ath letic Bowl Parade of Bands, featur ing school bands from Rutgers Uni versity and Virginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Russell Athletic Bowl game at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, school bands and mas cots will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a Band tastic Game Day Preview. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Lyman av enues, going north on Park Avenue through downtown Winter Park. Af ter turning west onto Garfield Av enue, they will proceed to Central Park where they will perform for all fans to enjoy. ONGOING Winter in the Parks ice skating rink will give you a winter wonderland all day for just $10, skates includ ed. The event continues through Jan. 6 on Winter Parks Central Park West Meadow. It runs from 3 to 9 p.m. MondayThursday, 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. See cityofwinterpark.org/ WITP for holiday hours. Sign your children up for winter and spring sports leagues in Mai tland, now through Jan. 13. Sports leagues are for ages 5-19, depend ing on league, ranging from soccer to flag football to baseball and soft ball. Visit Independencelane.com for a link with all the details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com B E S T O F 2 0 1 2 A WALK INTO THE RECORD BOOKS Penny Gold threw away the rst pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers she owned, but shes spent the rest of her life making up for it. Seven hundred and thirty three pairs later, she may own more Converse shoes than anyone else in the world. A walk into the record books in the Jan. 12 Observer detailed the long journey between Penny Golds rst and most recent pair of Converse shoes, with a Guinness World Record thrown in for good measure. To read the rest, visit tinyurl.com/Converserecord WAITING TO SAY I LOVE YOU She asked him what his idea of heaven was like. Always devoted to his favorite baseball team, there was only one answer. He said, being at a Red Sox game in Fenway Park with my family and friends and a beer and a hotdog, she said. A community came together to help a family have one great nal year with husband and father Jeff Van Son. Parties, a Christmas of miracles and dreams come true made Jeffs nal year one worth knowing about. Waiting to say I love you, published in the Feb. 9 issue of the Observer, chronicled the story of the Van Son family slowly saying goodbye to the father they once knew, diagnosed at age 38 with frontotemporal dementia. Jeff passed away June 15, but not before he learned to say I love you a million new ways. To relive their story, visit tinyurl.com/VanSons CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 >>
Page 6 WINTER PARK ALUMNA LEADS ROW ACROSS ATLANTIC A team of four rows a 29-foot-long boat. Its a speck in the Atlantic Ocean, minuscule compared to the three-story waves and 50-mph winds it battles. Saltwater smacks the team members skin, and the only space they have for refuge is a tiny cubby not large enough to sit up straight in. In Winter Park alumna leads row across Atlantic in the Feb. 2 issue we told the story of a Winter Park High School alumna who set out to sea not knowing if shed make it all the way, or survive the journey. Read it at tinyurl.com/ Rowingtheatlantic Business After Hours & Ovations Awards Ceremony Kick off the New Year with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy food, drinks, network and be the first to hear the results of the inaugural Ovations Awards. V o t e o n l i n e a t w p m o b s e r v e r c o m b y J a n 2 Thursday, January 17, 2013 5:30 7:30 p.m. Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn 110 S. Orlando Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 Cost $5 Members $15 Non-members Cellular Sales of North Florida E.C. Waters P.F. Changs China Bistro Paris Bistro Peggy & Philip B. Crosby YMCA Seacoast National Bank Associated Consulting International, Inc. Beaumont, Mathes & Church, Inc. Birchmore Group, Inc. Costa Communications Group a wordwise company Mailtropolis Michael Rogers, Inc. Mystic Granite & Marble Old Florida Na tional Bank Aloma Title Company Linder & Thornley, CPA Sun State Ford Vanson Constructors Workscapes, Inc. Florida Frame House & Gallery Winter Park Historical Association & Museum Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation American Cancer Society Hollieanna Groves New Hope For Kids St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Creald School of Art B E S T O F 2 0 1 2 SAVING THE SAGES It had been a rush to interview the 18 members of the Sage Project, all of them 85 years old or older, before it was too late. Between the moment the project started in April 2011 and the ofcial unveiling, four of the interviewees died of old age. Saving the sages told the story of stories, chronicling Mary Daniels and Fairolyn Livingstons project to record the memories of Winter Parks West Sides oldest residents before it was too late. To read about it, visit tinyurl.com/Sageproject LITTLE FREE LIBRARY OPENS AT FLEET PEEPLES PARK A book, Alanna Leaptrot says, can change your life. Bound pages tted between paper or cardboard, cemented in order with staples or glue, she says, can transport you around the world with a few ips and turns. Thats why Alanna, her sister Kiara and mother Jannette Matos worked to put together Winter Parks rst Little Free Library, a tiny book exchange for readers to pick and choose as they please. But they didnt stop there. To read the story Little Free Library opens at Fleet Peeples Park from our Sep. 20 issue, visit tinyurl.com/Leaptrotlibrary U.S. TENNIS ASSOCIATION ACES TAKE NO. 2 SPOT It wasnt too likely theyd win Florida, let alone become the second best tennis team in the nation. But the selfdescribed motley crew did it. Without a professional coach or even much practice, and a team half the size of competitors and with some of the youngest in the tournament, they did it. The Acers, made up of ve tennis players from Winter Park and one from Miami, became runners up at the United States Tennis Associations Jr. National Championships in the 14-and-under bracket. Our story U.S. Tennis Association aces take No. 2 spot in the Jan. 26 Observer can be found at tinyurl.com/Tennisacers LADY TARS FALL IN SEMIFINALS A narrow win over Lander propelled the Rollins College womens basketball team deeper into the NCAA tournament than theyd ever treaded, but a meeting with Shaw ended their miracle run a game shy of the championship. They went all the way to the nal four before bowing out under the relentless pressure of the Lady Bears, falling 87-71 to end their season on an incredible 28-6 record. Read it as chronicled in our March 29 story Lady Tars fall in seminals at tinyurl.com/LadyTars WILDCATS FINISH STRONG IN STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT The Wildcats dominated the tennis court in the last week of the season with two powerful team performances led by strong individual matches by two stars. Defending state champ Joulia Likhanskaia destroyed her competition en route to a repeat state championship, punctuating the tournament with 6-4, 6-2; 6-3, 6-1; and 6-3, 6-2 scores to close out her junior year on top, as written in Wildcats nish strong in state tournament on April 19. Visit http:// tinyurl.com/WPtennis to read it.
Page 7 Fashion is about the creative expression of a personality you can come to know, but never see. Moods and occasions, seasons and objectives and more can all This past year, Id have to say, remember earlier this year when I was doing the Attic at Downeast coming downstairs to a new ship ment of dresses with big prints full of so much fun color I im mediately wanted whisky and a cigarette. Yes, thats a reference to the show Mad Men. So much color and pattern, elements from decades gone by, when people dressed to impress or for some real fun, now back. I caught Nancy Strickler, now retired from a career in retail, but still working occasionally at Downeast on Park Avenue and at Annabelle Hart in College Park. I asked what she was glad to see in fashion this year, and she didnt hesitate. I am really glad to see the preppy look coming back for young men. Its just kind of uncanny to see it these days, people going to college and not just wearing t-shirts and shorts and what not. That theyre dress ing up like in the olden days, when our parents did and when we did. For 2013, shes hoping for more of the same. Id like to see the preppy look continue. Id also like to see the creativity of the other shoppers, what theyre putting to gether, because it does demonstrate their personalities. We cant all be the same. She continued, I really like the new colors out for men, and to see that they are embracing them. But also the young ladies. The brighter colors that theyre wearing more and more. Theyre really wearing them and they look so good on them. Even if we tried to show them before, that theyd look so good in color, they now do see that they look good. I stop in at Cidas Consign art. This year she was excited to see more fur. And next year padded shoulders are going to be in, she said, as visions Alexis and Krystle Carrington danced in my head. Is that a good thing that theyre coming back? asked Louise, a Cidas employee. Its We then discussed other re surgent fashion trends. I mention neon, and that I dont remember it showing up since the s. You hit the nail on the head with that one. That was the s, said Louise, smiling. Janice then mentions a line of clothing and accessories by Reed Kra designer for and now CEO of Coach, who start ed a line under his name. Neons been all over this year, but usu ally in bits here and there, accents on shoes, a belt, trim, spaghetti straps I found on a Milly top at Downeast. Interesting tidbit from Janice as I leave is that Cidas Consignment is included on the A few doors away at Rosey Wrays Roost gift shop, Trina Spinelli tells me shes not into fashion, as I observe her woven over-sized leather belt, top with scalloped sleeve and tartan plaid skirt with leather trim. Okay, I try, she admits. I like the big faced watches for women, she used to be just for men, but now theyre poppin out on women and I love them. And they come Colors. Sparkle. I like that. For 2013 shes hoping to see hipping Down at Bella, I meet Lori bell-bottom is back, she says, but I want the high-waisted pant to go away, because Im short-waisted and I look fat. As I observe her in the great dress shes wearing from the store, I doubt thats possible, as she continued, High pencil skirts, same reason. Fellow employee Rashelle Danner chimes in, Be cause its like your chest is sitting on your waist. As for their hopes for 2013, theyre on the same page: dresses. Fun dresses. Kind of like the s hippie look, Lori says. Baby doll type? I ask. Yeah, that would be cute if it was short and Rashelle lifts her jean leg to show cowboy boots beneath, ones which belonged to her mother. Vintage is big, too. At Peter Millar, employee John Spivey says theyve been excited pleats have nearly disappeared. pleats are gone. Andall the dif ferent kinds of patterns we have in our shirts are amazing. Small checkers, big checkers, but one of the biggest sellers has been this big check, pointing to big block print in black and white. All of our clothes are a throwback to the old southern tradition when you dressed up, you put on a bowtie no matter where you go, he said. You just want to stick out. Make it an oc casion. Youve arrived. He says many customers come in remark ing about the combinations on their mannequins, pairings put together by manager Thomas Allen Cox, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York. So, what about next year, I ask, what would you like to see, maybe parachute pants? Thats crazy, he said. Where was he when I needed someone to tell me that in 1983? 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. 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Page 8 Opinions I guess it really started with hurricanes and blue hydrangea. She was adorable, and togeth er they were one of those gor geous couples, the kind you feel assume theyll be completely un friendly or have the personalities to. But no, they were delightful. I met her at a neighborhood association meeting in Fort Lau derdale. They used to live in At lanta, as did we. We joked about the recent hurricanes, which were not even funny. Then, I invited them to a party at our house and I remember her standing in the doorway of our kitchen, coming out to the pool, holding a small round clear vase with three beau tiful spreads of blue hydrangea. She looked angelic. Ive told the story of how we came to Winter Park many times, but never gone back so far before. We met a couple, Melanie and Gordon, in our then neighborhood of Rio Vista in Fort Lauderdale. Wed had enough of the hurricanes, knew there was trouble coming in real estate there, and in general were ready to get out. We were largely set on going back to Atlanta. But as we kept going back to look at houses it just didnt seem right, The angelic one and her cycling crazy hubby suggested Winter Park, where theyd met and married, lived previously, and spoke of fondly and often. Id never heard of it. Secrets can often be wonderful. When we thought we were go ing back to Atlanta and told our then-neighbors of that plan, we were teased and mocked: Oh, youre going to miss the beach. Oh, youre going to miss the palm trees. Oh, youre going to miss the weather. We visited Winter Park and were soon under contract with a house. Rolling the dice was what we did when we moved to Fort Lauderdale. Youre just never quite sure. But we did it again. Any place you move, no matter how nice, it takes a while for it to feel like home, like you truly belong there. But when we an nounced to those same mocking neighbors that wed be moving to Winter Park instead of Atlanta, the mocking ceased, replaced with the same response again and again and again: Oh, I love Winter Park. Its curious when a new home youre so unfamiliar with receives such somber, serious en dorsement from others, especially when theyd so derided Atlanta previously. I remember our hydrangea-bearing guest going on about the Colony Theater, the brick streets, the trees, the farm ers market where she loved to go in the winter, wearing her favor ite sweater sets and other wool clothing items. Always interest ing the things the mind retains when so much else is forgotten. Now, nearly seven years later, I realize how she undersold it. Yet, Im not sure just how youd and amazing about our new home. I was out this morning gathering input for my new Park Style column and considering that. A gorgeous blue sky above, the air warm but not hot, shop doors open all along the street. I wandered in and out, joking and recording local opinions. Someone last week told me they wanted my job. I stopped for a moment to consider what exactly that is. Whatever its be come, Im anxious to make more money at it, but admittedly, Im the happiest right now Ive been with anything Ive tried to do or accomplish in my life. I told the outgoing editor of the Observer recently that writing these days younger. Writing was work, took of life experience, the attainment of real perspective that has made it easy. It could also be the subject matter, the subject(s). Ease comes with true belief in what you are writing. I started my website last year wanting to be the opposite of the large national deal websites. Theyre now waning, with most of the people I know annoyed by the daily onslaught of emails an in Deltona and go-kart rides in Kissimmee. Local was the es sence of what I wanted to do and promote. Its now the exclusive focus, and I have some plans I hope to bring to fruition in the new year to do just that. There are people all around the world who live some place because of a job, a responsibil ity. It is the fortunate few who live exactly where they wish to be. Winter Park was a delightful accident for us in 2006. In late 2012, and coming into 2013, there is truly no other place Id wish to call home. Merry Christmas, Winter Park, and best wishes for the coming new year. 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 Reections As another year comes to a the past twelve months. If youre like me, you might feel that the last 525,600 minutes have I am reminded of the theme from the hit Broadway musi cal Rent, which asks, How do you measure a year in the life? Is it in early mornings at the Winter Park YMCA? Sunsets seen from the patio at Hillstone? miles youve ran at Track Shack events? A few shameless plugs So how does the business community measure the year? For starters, Winter Park Cham ber of Commerce added 137 new members in 2012. Thats a remarkable number of new busi nesses, including Prato, Charyli, Rosey Wrays Roost, and Cask & Larder, among others, who have on the charm of our city in a short period of time that its hard to imagine Winter Park without them. Elsewhere in the commu nity, we saw some dirt moving around to make way for new businesses in 2013, including the much-anticipated Alfond Inn at Rollins College, the Heritage Womens Health Pavilion at Winter Park Memorial Hospi tal. These projects will expand and specialized medical services for the community. And while SunRail wont roll through town until 2014, watching the project progress the last few months has been an exciting step forward. Another way to measure the year is events. In addition to the annual line up of events, such as Taste of Winter Park, Din ner on the Avenue, art festivals, parades and Harrietts Park Avenue Fashion Week, the last year felt like one big event as we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Winter Park. This could not have been possible without great partners like the Winter Park Historical Association, Rollins College and many others. from 2012. The number of fans on the Chambers Facebook page: 1,038 as of press deadline (a shameless plug for our social from the Chamber, its mem bers and general business tips). The number of ribbon cuttings held at new stores in 2012: 36 (you can see their smiling faces on Facebook). The number of restaurants participating in the Taste of Winter Park: 43, the most in history (save the date, April 17, for the next install ment). One last shameless plug I think its worth mentioning one last time that the Chamber, the Park Avenue merchants and the Observer are asking for your help in determining the best of Winter Park with the inaugural Ovations Awards. Thats right, heres your chance to vote for your favorite local businesses, including best new restaurant, best hair salon, best business organization, etc. Vote at http://www.surveymon key.com/s/winterparkovations. Voting runs through Jan. 2 and the winners will be announced at Business After Hours on Jan. 17 at the Best Western Mt. Ver non Inn. Erika Spence is the senior director of marketing and communications at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Visit WinterPark.org for more information. Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Hurricanes and hydrangeas PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER After years of fond memories in Winter Park, this was one of the best for columnist Clyde Moore his rst Dinner on the Avenue. We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Local Luvn Local Pookies Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery Pookies Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery has lots of local treats for your fur-kids. In fact, they make many of them in the store! Theyve got special varieties for allergies and other diet considerations, as well as special varieties and shapes for the holidays. And now theyve got easier parking in their new space on Fairbanks! Stop in to Pookies new location at 1500 W. Fairbanks Ave. Erika Spence Business in the Park 2012s biz boom
Page 9 Chris Jepson Perspectives What? No par? Sage advice from a beloved sage This is a personal favorite essay, and has been published before in the Observer. Life, at times, is so sorrowful that it can be a challenge to remain optimistic. The environment, unem ployment, disease, war, alienation, violence, ring forth, even though doubt and uncertainty be the human condition, hope, as Emily Dick inson wrote, Sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all. I wonder a bit about those claiming they dont keep score. Not so much in the total scheme of life manner. What we all have is time. Some assert that if we live a particular way or believe a particular notion that time is endless. No matter how appealing that idea, I can not subscribe. As much as our emotions may desireour bodies (and minds) will and far too short. Were all on track (birth to death), so keeping score ought to be a relatively straightforward process. But we are not issued, we are not born with a helpful scorecard. We tee up for the 18 holes of life, and soon discover there is no par. Wouldnt it be far easier if each of us was born tightly clutching a tiny score card in his or her little hand? Birth would well we shot the rapids, mom would So we trek through life, frequently without a clue, not only looking for mean ing but searching for the way to live as well. Most of us come to grips (denial/ acceptance) with the transitory nature of our existence. Absent, however, is the universal scorecard. Ralph Waldo Emersons Essay on Compensation prompted this little treatise. Emerson is writing, to a degree, about score keeping. Reread Emersons essays for a jolt of sanity. I believe time is a river that for a while we travel. By what benchmarks do we evaluate that journey? By our physical posses sionswhat we have accumulated? Our compensation? Or, by any meaning we simply give it (our lives)? How am I doing, Coach? Compared to what? One of the misfortunes (a sadness) of human life is our apparent need to compare ourselves with/to others. We are so wrapped-up in Keeping up with the Joneses, not only in material possessions, that we unthink ingly adopt their shopworn ideas and absurd values as well. Tragically and comically, we track our lives on someone elses scorecard. We are born with a song in our hearts that is unique and distinctive. WE ARE! Some of us sing early. Some of us sing late. Some of us never sing at all, and some have their song beaten out of them. For the most part we write our own scores and for some its three strikes and youre out, and for others its an Ode to Joy! We are born as water poured into a teakettle and as we boil along and vapor away, we sing our songs. We do, however, pick the song we sing. And that, my fellow choir member, is the most important score of all to track. 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 Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash in Alaska on Aug. 15,1935, was one of the greatest political sages in this countrys history. Famous for his homespun humor and for lampooning Congress, Rogers was born in 1879 in Oologah Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Part Cherokee, he was taught how to lasso Texas longhorns by a freed slave on the family ranch. He dropped out of school after the 10th grade to become a cowboy. He started his show-biz career as a trick rider and roper in Wild West shows. Hes listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at the same timeone catching a running horse around the neck, another the rider, and the third lassoing the horses four legs. His feats can be seen in a movie called The Ropin Fool. But it was as a humorist and com mentator that Rogers made his mark. He starred in vaudeville shows, Broadway musicals, and the Ziegfeld Follies. When audiences applauded the wise cracks he made during his rope tricks, his mentary, beginning with his signature line, All I know is what I read in the papers. He became known for his cracker-bar rel humor, telling the unvarnished truth in plain and simple terms. He made 71 movies, wrote 4,000 syndicated newspa per columns, and six books. He was the opinions were sought by world leaders. But he remained a simple man; famous for saying I never met a man I didnt like. Enjoy the following Rogerisms: 1. Never slap a man whos chewing tobacco. 2. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works. 3. Never miss a good chance to shut up. 4. Always drink upstream from the herd. digging. 6. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket. 7. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them out for themselves. 8. Good judgment comes from experi ence, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. 9. After eating an entire bull, a moun tain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. Moral: When youre full of bull, keep your mouth shut. 10. Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and politi cians as a joke. 11. If stupidity got us into this mess, why cant it get us out? About growing older, he said: First Eventually youll reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start brag ging about it. Second The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Third When you are dissatis youth, think of Algebra. Fourth You know youre getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. Fifth Being young is beautiful: being old is comfort able. Sixth If you dont learn to laugh at trouble, you wont have anything to One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. Amen! Happy New Year! About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Louis Roney Play On! By what benchmarks do we evaluate that journey? By our physical possessionswhat we have accumulated? Our knowledge? Our effort? Our passions? By compensation? Or, by any meaning we simply give it (our lives)? For many years Ive sent Christmas cards complete with Christmas letters. Several days ago, thoughts of Christmas caused me to open a box I havent looked in for years. The enclosed Christmas letter was sent by two Winter Park residents one year around and one seasonal. Every November, a highly articulate veteran with a kind heart and shoulder length hair would arrive by train in Winter Park and spend the night in Central Park. And the next night, and the next night. I treated him to numerous lunches and din ners, bought him clothing at The Florida Hospital Thrift Shop, and got a kick out of seeing him walk around in my $900 full-length Brooks Brothers coat (with two moth holes that were barely perceptible) that Id used to call on some of Americas top CEOs many years earlier. I didnt have a lot of money myself, but I had something even more valuable: intellectual capital. And I used it to help Neal. Several landlords, business owners, and churches helped. Almost everyone who frequented Park Avenue knew Neal. Finally, it got to a point that even a Hold Harmless agreement wouldnt calm the fears of Neals benefactors who wanted no part of the potential vicarious liability that our litigious society preys upon. Neal was repeatedly asked to move around Winter Park until he ran out of places to go and stay for any length of time. God Bless the people who did help him, though. What follows are excerpts from a multipage Christmas letter sent in 2004: Despite owning homes in Connecticut and Florida, my grandmothers favorite place on earth was her 10-by-16 foot pre fabricated Sears Roebuck cabin overlook ing a pond and an Adirondack mountain range along with her housekeeper and standard-sized French poodle (They had separate quarters.) She had no phone, pumped her drinking water, produced her own electricity, and got by without the elevator of Mrs. Posts Adirondack camp, Topridge. This is the same grandmother who once gestured out the window of her Buick wagon (after wed just left a Palm Beach thrift shop) to impress upon me the magnitude of her Uncle Harrys former landholding...the 35-mile long beachfront parcel connecting Palm Beach to Pompano Beach. This is the same grandmother who told me of her mothers marriage proposal from Andrew Carnegie and her mothers be refunded due to concerns about a maiden voyage. Talk about fate. I showed my homeless friend, Neal, pictures of my grandmothers childhood home, and my grandmothers Adirondack cabin. Neal got a kick out of seeing how grandmothers stable with room to spare. We agreed that, regardless of the role fate plays in life, most people are pretty happy to have their basic needs met, although I gave Neal a Diet Coke and he held out for a Classic Coke! Weve come up with some remarkable insights on the rich/poor dichotomy based upon our experiences. And so our Christmas message is this: If you have the means to do anything for the chronically ill who badly need a break, should precede adults. Fate dealt them a very tough blow. Anything you can do to give a boost to the struggling to inspire them to never give up on the light at the end of the tunnel (so that they know theyre not looking at a freight train) ought to be next. The key is to provide partial help or a boost to help the struggling solve their own problems whenever possible. Although Ive tried to empathize with Neals plight by telling him how I slept on a rock cropping in the Green Mountains and how an engine would start when ever I turned on the lights at my grand to the outhouse, thats small consolation when the mercury dips below freezing in Winter Park. Ive arranged for an attorney to provide a Hold Harmless agreement pro bono for anyone who can provide Neal with a basement, closet, hallway, restroom or similar cover from the elements. Being an Army veteran, Neals night watchman skills might actually lower your insurance bill! Please call me at 407-673-7883 if you can provide this in the downtown Winter Park area. Your only exposure will be the embarrassment of having Neal quiz you on Nietzsche, his favorite philosopher. Merry Christmas and happy new year! Merry Christmas: A dusty card from Will and Neal WILL GRAVES Winter Park resident
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