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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: 01-03-2013
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Maitland (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Orange County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Winter Park
United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Maitland
Coordinates: 28.596111 x -81.346667 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).
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Eighty-one years ago, our columnist was chatting on a dock when he nearly cost his father his job. Page 23 Louis Roney Lifestyles Santa Claus shocked these kids when he sat them on his lap and said Merry Christmas in sign language. Page 10 Calendar Crealdes Night of Fire will bring art, ame and liquid metal together in one night to remember. Page 8 In search of the $10K bachelors Idea of selling impact fees deemed illegal There is one thing developer Dan Bellows new plan for the trading of impact fees has that one is legal. moditizing impact fees for capi 12. The new idea proposes a sites. what other developments might said. grand total of zero. No develop costs. program. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Developer Dan Bellows ,right, will need another plan to artfully convert impact fees into something more nancially liquid. Maitland Attorney Cliff Shepard deemed the last plan that the city and Bellows had considered to be illegal. A large project hangs in the balance. Please see COUNCIL on page 2 ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Last year Winter Parks boys basketball only won six games. Now theyre redeeming themselves in a big way. STORY ON PAGE 6 Wildcats exorcise old demons Please see CHALLENGE on page 5

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Page 3 Maitland Coin & Currency Showat theMaitland Civic Center 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751FREE ADMISSIONShow open to the public Buy Sell AppraisalsFor more information call or visitOrlando Coin Exchange 6301 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32809www.MaitlandCoinShow.comorlandocoinexchange@gmail.com407-730-3116 SUNDAY, Jan 69:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Free coin for all children 12 and under 6 SUN Last few days to ice skate! to 8 p.m. For more freezing infor Save the date for the annual Winter Park Mayor/City Commission Luncheon Dinner on the Avenue limited tables on-sale now to donate canned food items for cloth and chairs are provided For more information regard Recycle: Gift wrapping and Christmas trees Interested in Fairbanks Avenue? Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Winter in the Park Dinner on the Avenue

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Page 4 Business Briefs Community Bulletin NAI Realvest recently negotiated four lease agreements totaling 19,022 square feet at Monroe CommerCenter South in Sanford, at the Goldenrod CommerCenter in Orlando and at the industrial facility on Metric Drive in east Winter Park. At 4100 Metric Drive in Winter Park the new tenant is a local rm of insurance adjusters and investigators, Specialty Group Inc. A & B Stucco Inc., a longtime tenant at Golden rod CommerCenter at 1467 N. Goldenrod Road in Orlando has expanded by leasing another 6,782 square feet and now oc cupies a total of 15,606 square feet at the industrial center. Greenberg Traurig shareholder Alan C. Sheppard Jr. graduated from the Uni versity of Alabama College of Law with an LL.M. in taxation, magna cum laude. Already holding a J.D. with honors from the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law, as well as a B.S. with honors, in Eco nomics and International Relations from Texas Christian University, he continues to add to his wide-ranging expertise. Shep pard is currently a commercial real estate attorney and shareholder for the Orlando ofce of the international law rm, Green berg Traurig. Tampa-based HomeBanc N.A. is pleased to announce it has opened a new branch location in Winter Park at 123 E. Morse Blvd., giving people in the Orlando area another opportunity to experience the at home feeling when they bank at Home Banc. To assist homeless veterans across Florida, Two Men and a Truck locations throughout the state, including Orange County, recently introduced the Movers for Military program. Working with more than 50 schools from Pensacola to Miami, the moving company collected approxi mately 15,250 essential items to donate to organizations supporting veterans in crisis. Donate to the Rep bus Each year, more than 40,000 schoolaged children attend a eld trip per formance at The REP. Of those, more than 7,000 attend for a free or reduced price as part of our No Empty Bus pro gram. This program is funded 100 per cent by your donations, and provides for free or reduced eld trip tickets (as well as fuel and bus subsidies) for Title 1 and underprivileged Central Florida schools. Visit tinyurl.com/Orlandorep bus to donate. Local pens book Winter Park author, coach and public relations specialist Mary Gardner has just released a new book called Be coming an Inuential Personality. This book gives communication and public relations strategies, and advice on how to create a movement that will inspire millions. Visit marygardner.com or mail Mary Gardner, The Charisma Coach at P.O. Box 244, Winter Park, FL, 32790. Dangerous curve no more The Interstate 4 paving project at the Fairbanks curve is nished. Almost a half-mile of the four-lane interstate as well as emergency lanes was paved on the westbound side. The pur pose of the project is to increase trac tion, improve drainage, and cover up roadway joints from long ago widening projects that were in conict with the highway striping. The cost of the proj ect was $377,838. Goodwill moves Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is excited to announce the relocation of its Job Connection Center to 3911 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Goodwills Job Connection Centers offer a variety of job training and placement services like resume building, networking and mentoring to people with barriers to employment. These programs are of fered at no cost to the community, and are funded by proceeds from sales of donated items at the nonprots 26 area retail stores. Since the beginning of 2012, Goodwill has helped 4,323 people nd jobs. Haiti heros scholarship Recognizing the business innovation and successful growth of REBUILD Globallyan organization created in response to the devastating earth quake of Jan. 12, 2010 in Port-auPrince, Haitithe Rollins College Cen ter for Advanced Entrepreneurship has awarded REBUILDs company founder, Julie Colombino, a full scholarship for the Rollins Business Accelerator pro gram. The scholarship is part of the $50,500 prize package awarded to REBUILD Globally for winning the 2012 Business Innovations and Growth (B.I.G.) Award at Central Floridas pre mier event for entrepreneurs and busi ness leaders. Tons of gratitude Winter Park student Andrew Weinstock collected more than 10,000 pounds of candy for 2012 Operation Gratitude Orlando Halloween Candy Collection to send to troops overseas. Volunteer for vets, pets VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Cen tral Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary care givers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereave ment calls, sew Memory Bears or gar ment bags, knit/crochet afghans, make crafts, help repair medical equipment, or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or email central.ori davolunteers@vitas.com for more in formation. Young artist nalists The Bach Festival Society congratu lates the winners of the 20th Annual Young Artist Competition. More than 60 entrants from around the state of Florida competed, with twelve prizewinning contestants advancing to the nalist round. The nalist recital was open to the public and was enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience. Finalists from the area are Caroline Lazar, alto saxophone, from Maitland; Joseph Prior, horn, from Winter Park Rebecca Edge, violin, from Winter Park. Biz women volunteer FemCity Orlando, Central Floridas premiere organization connecting am bitious professional women through networking events and originative workshops, volunteered its time at Fern Creek Elementary School on Dec. 17. FemCity Orlando volunteer efforts included organizing the clothes pantry and putting together weekend snack packs. Soccer scholar Jordan Stewart, a senior at The Geneva School in Winter Park, earned selection to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Scholar All-America Team. He currently has 34 goals, a singleseason school record for The Geneva School, while maintaining a 4.42 GPA. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Trinity Prep hispanic scholar Trinity Preparatory School senior Dylan Malugen of Winter Park has been awarded Honorable Mention sta tus by the College Boards 2012-13 National Hispanic Recognition Program. The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students, and this year more than 5,000 students were selected for recognition from a pool of more than 253,000 students. Stand Up! Speak Up! gains new supporters Hosted by Heart of Florida United Way, the Stand Up! Speak Up! event helped launch a new advocacy initiative led by the Childrens Leadership Alliance of Orange County (CLAOC), comprised of a government, nonprot and private-sector leaders committed to creating a brighter future for children. Dick Batchelor, CLAOC co-chair and a former state representative, discussed the current state of childrens issues across Florida, which ranks 44th in the nation for the economic well-being of children according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. National Merit candidate Trinity Preparatory School senior Angela Hosbein of Win ter Park is a candidate for a special scholarship to be awarded through the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by the programs corporate and business spon sors. Bright House volunteers helped 300 children Hundreds of toys and more than 100 bicycles were bought, wrapped, and earmarked by Bright House employee volunteers for more than 300 local needy children served by two community organizations for the 11th year. Hope and Help Center, which as sists children of AIDS and HIV-affected families in Central Florida, was the rst stop for the volunteers as they lled an entire conference room almost oor-to-ceiling with gifts bought from wish lists that the client children had submitted earlier. The gifts were given to each of the children in time for Christmas.

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Page 5 ITS YOUR BADGE OF HONOR.Winter Park YMCA 1201 N. Lakemont Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 407.644.1509 Crosby YMCA 2005 Mizell Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 407.644.3606 Its time to get back to your best. With more energy. comes from looking good and feeling great. When you join the Y, youll have access to cardio and strength exercise classes a state-of-the, personal training sports leagues and even Y-quality childcare .C OME IN TODAY AND L ET S GET STARTED .Join the Y GET BACK TO YOUR BEST OFF JOINERS FEE$ 50 VALID THROUGH 1/15/13 Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR 2012: A year of accomplishments have to start with the completion west corner of Independence Other main accomplishments rate. cess. ment code. consideration. the cost of living and the cost of the same time. catchall approach for colleges to decide for themselves what de that meant electrical and com streamline the path from high said. CHALLENGE | Seven colleges immediately took up pledge C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO COURTESY EA STUDIOS Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently visited Maitlands EA Studios to discuss tech job growth, something colleges say they may be able to offer for a $10,000 price point.

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Page 6 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K wpa_chowder_ad_8x5.pdf 1 12/27/12 10:29 AM Presented by: Supported by: Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as we host our monthly breakfast program: Chamber Cares Kickoff Chamber Cares is a small business, community-giving program. Learn how your organization can make a difference in the current campaign benefiting Down Syndrome Associatio n of Central Florida. Friday, January 11, 2013 7:45 a.m. Networking/ 8:15 a.m. Program WINTER PARK WELCOME CENTER 151 W. Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at (407) 644-8281 or visit www.winterpark.org. Knights bust Ball State Wildcats bring out their claws game. Thirteen games into the sea rather forget. Nona he threw down 18 points points per game this season. On defense the team also pair or more of steals per game. down 19 points. more impressive margin than zone. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Blake Bortles led the Knights to their big gest bowl game victory in UCF history with a 38-17 crushing of Ball State Dec. 21. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Jay Wimbley, above, has led the Wildcats back to prominence after a tough season last year when they only won six games. Theyve put together streaks against tough teams. ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff

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Page 8 Winter Park Observer_10.25 x 8 Ad_due Jan 3 Make your rst choice the right choice. Open House Sunday, January 13th Join Us Between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm A Christ-Centered K4 Grade 12 College Preparatory School | 2667 Bruton Blvd.,Orlando, FL 32805 | 407.206.8602 | therstacademy.org The First Academy does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, gender or ethnic origin.Few decisions have the lasting impact on your child as that of your school choice. During these formative years life-long friendships are made, spiritual formation takes place and values are instilled. At The First Academy, we partner with you in making these days the very best that they can be. TFA-016 WinterPark_10.25x8Ad_Jan.indd 1 12/6/12 5:29 PM Calendar JAN. 3 The Orange County Retired Educa tors Association 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. JAN. 4 Its the First Friday of the year! Stop by the Baldwin Park First Friday Charity Festival and Art Stroll on Jan. 4 along New Broad Street in Baldwin Park from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see more than 40 lo cal artists work plus food, wine and beer. The featured charity this month is the Center for Independent Living Orlando. Visit cilorlando.com and facebook.com/ BaldwinParkFirstFridayFestival JAN. 5 Are you ready for a fresh start in 2013? At 10 a.m. on Jan. 5 a Cleansing & Detoxi cation class by Dr. Samadhi Artemisa will be held at Florida School of Holistic Living in downtown Orlando. Come learn about how the body cleanses and puries itself naturally on a daily basis, and how to support these built in systems. Regis tration is $15 at injoyhealthcare.com or by calling 407-252-1397. JAN. 7 Winter Park Executive Women will meet Monday, Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. Kick off the new year and ask yourself, Is your ladder leaning against the right wall? as Jaqueline Brito, assistant dean of admis sions at Crummer Graduate School of Business, provides insight into matching your passion with your career choice. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Go to winterpark.org to RSVP by noon on Jan. 4. Its at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Ly man Avenue. Targeted by Mexicos deadly drug cartels, journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report the truth in Reportero, showing Monday, Jan. 7, on PBS. Close to 50 journalists have van ished or been murdered in Mexico since December 2006. The movie starts at 10 p.m. on PBS afliate WUCF. JAN. 10 Rollins College will be hosting U.S. Am bassador-at-Large for Global Womens Issues, Melanne Verveer, on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. for The SMART Thing To Do: Advancing Women and Girls around the World. For this event, Rollins has partnered with the U.S. De partment of State and Tupperware Brand GlobalLinks. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information visit Rollins.edu JAN. 11 Januarys Culture & Cocktails at Art & History Museums Maitland features an exciting group show titled The Art of the Theatre. Featured artists are Cindy White, Huaixiang Tan, and Kristen Wheel er. The Art of Theatre celebrates theatre through costume design, set design, and theatrical photography. In addition to a fabulous art show, guests will enjoy mu sic sponsored by Performing Arts of Mait land, Literary Readings by Maitland Poets & Writers, delicious food truck fare from K-Burgers, popcorn from The Enzian, friendship and fun. Admission is free to A&H members, and $5 for not-yet-mem bers. That $5 includes one drink ticket. James Casey: Equine Sculpture opens at the Maitland Art Center on Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Memories of growing up in Central Florida and working on his grandmothers cattle ranch laid the foun dation for James Caseys iconic sculpture works. Caseys current body of work employs rugged materials that capture the unexpected beauty and grace of his equine subjects. The gallery is located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Also at the Maitland Art Center, Selec tions from the Permanent Collection: Sculpture runs from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. The A&Hs Maitland Art Center is home to a diverse collection of sculpture works by distinguished national and local art ists. The collection acquired through pur chases and donations unites a variety of media and subject matter. Good Morning Winter Park presented by Florida Blue is Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:45 a.m. Join us as we launch the 2013 Chamber Cares campaign, our annual philanthropic effort. This years recipient is the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. Cost is free and includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Its all at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Barnies CoffeeKitchen, Costco Wholesale and the Winter Park/Maitland Observer support the event. ONGOING Tickets are on sale as of Jan. 2 for Dinner on the Avenue but hurry because the tables go quickly. The dinner is April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. but only 38 tables are available. For more information regard ing this unique dining experience, please visit cityofwinterpark.org/dinnerontheav enue or call 407-643-1627. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com JAN. 4: Ladies Art Lounge Art & History Museums Mai tland (A&H) proudly introduces Ladies Art Lounge, a new pro gram that focuses on friend ships and creativity, with a lot of fun thrown in the mix. The program is held on the rst Friday of every month, beginning Jan. 4. Each event features one of the A&Hs talented faculty members leading a program in which you can let your creative juices ow. Have fun creating ne art and craft pieces for your home, as a gift, or to wear. Its from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave. To register, visit ArtandHistory.org, or call 407539-2181, extension 265. JAN. 5: Night of Fire Creald School of Art will host Night of Fire and Winter Open House on Saturday, Jan. 5, to kick off the new year. The second Annual Night of Fire features campus-wide activities including a live bronze sculpture pour, kiln ring, free workshops, and handmade clay lantern displays at the main campus. The Night of Fire open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. with a gal lery reception for Directors Choice III starting at 6 p.m. on the Creald campus at 600 St. Andrews Blvd. in Winter Park. This exciting event is free. JAN. 6: Asbury I Can 5k race Time to make good on new years resolutions with the As bury I CAN 5k on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. The race kicks off at 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Mait land. All proceeds will be used to feed hungry children through support of local food banks. Call 407-644-5222, email connect@asburyumc. com, or for race registration forms visit asburyumc.com

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Page 9 Lifestyles Elaine Person teaches writing courses throughout the tri-county area. She has lived in the Orlando area for 19 years and started writ ing when she was 7 and now has degrees in television production and operations and speech and theater. Previously, she wrote professional commercials and performed voiceovers. Currently a member of the Florida Writers Association, she has been pub lished many times for her poetry and prose. Shes been teaching writing classes for about three years and her favorite thing to do is edit peoples books and pieces. The Observer sat down with tick. Q: What classes do you teach? A: I teach poetry, prose and childrens classes, but I teach ac cording to a prompt. For example, Ill say the black shirt, now write for 10 minutes. After they write, everyone reads their stories aloud and then there is positive critique only. The poetry and prose classes are open to everyone. The chil drens classes are for children, not about writing childrens stories. Q: When are your classes? A: Wednesday nights at Win ter Park Public Library at 7 p.m. through the Lifelong Learning In stitute open to the public; poet ry workshop at the Maitland Pub lic Library on Sunday afternoons (times vary check online); Im also available for writing work shops in peoples homes. Q: What goals do you have for your classes? A: Sometimes people just need the jumpstart or the kick to get going and thats my lot in life; its very satisfying. My main goal is just to get them to write and help them leave with product. I want to have more people attend. Q: What inspired you to start teaching writing classes? A: I was attending a writing workshop where we had to intro duce ourselves and talk about our writing background. After speak ing about my background, the in structor told me that I had a lot to teach. Also, Im very vocal and I love people. Q: Where have you been pub lished? A: Florida Writers Associa man My Most Embarrassing Moments A Century of Col lege Humor by Random House for a parody piece about King Ar thur, published a few chapbooks, Love and Other Passions by Central Florida Poets, Glossed Over in Slices of Life, Im A Person in From Our Family to Yours. Q: Do you have any inspira tional words that you tell your class? A: Give yourself the gift of time; If you have something burn ing in your soul, write it down; let the horses out of the corral write with wild verbs; writing is like scrabble, its not the words you choose, its where you put them; writing is a beautiful addic tion. Q: Do you have a favorite sto ry about your writing? A: In the sixth grade there was a writing competition where the sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed against each other. I place in the sixth grade. Q: What is your favorite thing to write? A: Humor. I love to make peo ple laugh. Im A Person is my humor piece, which has a tone like Lou Costello (of The Abbott and Costello Show), who was once my neighbor. I write clever poems with a little philosophy about them. Im a performance poet. I like to be vivacious. 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 Elaine Person has been a special guest to the Maitland Public Librarys open mic nights, where poetry is read by local writers on all levels of writing ability. For more information about Elaine Person, visit personalwrite.com Ode to a Red Light By Elaine Person I love a red trafc light Then I can put my makeup on right But if its dark, Ill look affright Trying to put it on at night. Red light, time giver to me I wake up in the morning, then I ee I would look badly If it werent for thee. Red light, you are all I see. I get time to comb my hair Floss my teeth Phone my friend Claire Put on my shoes Shave my legs Read the paper Eat some eggs Drink some coffee Finish getting dressed Write a poem Have a quick rest. Now its green, and I must go Until next time, Ill miss you so. SARA LANE Observer Staff Elaine Person: Living with a beautiful addiction PHOTO BY SARA LANE THE OBSERVER Orlando poet and writer Elaine Person, top center, has built a career out of living and teaching the art of the written word. She sat down with the Observer to discuss what compels her about writing and how her philosophy on life lends itself to written journeys of discovery.

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Page 10 JAN. 5 Creald School of Art will host Night of Fire and Winter Open House on Sat urday, Jan. 5, to kick off the new year. The second Annual Night of Fire fea tures campus-wide activities includ ing a live bronze sculpture pour, kiln ring, free workshops, and handmade clay lantern displays at the main cam pus. The Night of Fire open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. with a gal lery reception for Directors Choice III starting at 6 p.m. on the Creald cam pus at 600 St. Andrews Blvd. in Winter Park. This exciting event is free. JAN. 6 Time to make good on new years resolutions with the Asbury I CAN 5k on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. The race kicks off at 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Maitland. All proceeds will be used to feed hungry children through support of local food banks. Call 407-6445222, email connect@asburyumc. com, or for race registration forms visit asburyumc.com JAN. 9 On Wednesday, Jan. 9 clowns will blend the magic of the circus with the importance of reading during Reading with Ringling Day. After a lively rendi tion of a circus-themed book, theyll engage the audience with juggling, plate spinning and other silly and dynamic demonstrations previewing The Greatest Show on Earth. The li brary events are free and everyone is invited. Its from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Maitland Public Library. For more information call 407-647-7700 or visit maitlandpubliclibrary.org JAN. 10 The Jewish Community Center of South Orlando is hosting a Winter Open House on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Meet new mem bers, enjoy refreshments, speak with program directors and instructors, and learn about all of our wonderful winter programs. RSVP to the Wel come Center. JAN. 12 The READing Fest is a festival of op portunities for those with a love of reading and writing. The Maitland Fire Department will be reading books, and there will be puppet shows. Its a great opportunity to work with local writers. Children will work with local authors, poets and artists to create a fusion work of visual art and cre ative writing, as well as hearing City Council members read some of their favorite picture books. Its from 2-4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12 at the Maitland Public Library. JAN. 14 Art and History Museums Maitland (A&H) offers an exciting lineup of classes and workshops for children and adults, beginning the week of Jan. 14. Participants can choose from classes and workshops including painting, drawing, stained glass, jew elry, pottery, and much more. Classes are instructed by professional artists and educators. Class registration can be done online at www.ArtandHistory. org or by phone at 407-539-2181, ex tension 265. ONGOING Sign your children up for winter and spring sports leagues in Maitland, now through Jan. 13. Sports leagues are for ages 5-19, depending on league, ranging from soccer to ag football to baseball and softball. Visit Independencelane.com for a link with all the details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com R ed and green sprinkles the room with cheer, and a sweetly decorat ed Christmas tree each branch holding sparkling ornaments, toys and twinkling lights bright ens up the corner where one very special man plans to sit. An old-fashioned quilt is laid over his chair, ready for his robust tainly ready for little ones to plop right down on his red and white enter the room, they sprint to the gazing up at that big chair for Santa Claus. Music is playing, some people are singing, but others are quietly signing along instead. An elf pops in, excitedly chat ting the children up about Santa Claus arrival, her hands moving with just as much pep and speed as her happy voice. This time, Santa has come with not only the special talent of just being Santa Claus, one of the coolest guys around during Christmastime, but he also comes with the skill of sign language. But the children werent surprised to learn that he could talk to them; he is Santa af ter all. They all sat waiting, shout ing and signing 2, 1, come on Santa! It was like natural, they just really expected it, said Wanda McCann, Santas elf and wife. Their eyes were as wide as their faces, they were so excited, said Allison Gould, who is in charge of volunteers for the Cen ter for Independent Living. The Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Winter Park, a resource for education, training and empowerment for people with disabilities, held a Christ mas party for their deaf clients and families on Dec. 13. The party had a signing Santa Claus and elf, a signing storyteller to tell The Night Before Christmas, and lots of food and fun. Its one of the only places in Central Florida deaf children and parents are able to communicate with a Santa who speaks their language. They want their child to expe rience the same as any other chil dren at Christmas, to feel includ ed in society, Gould said. For have been able to speak to Santa in this way we try to get them their Christmas wish. To see their faces light up when Santa was signing to see the kids being accepted for who they are, said A.C. McCann, who plays Santa. It gives me a sense A.C. is a pastor at the First Bap tist Church of Apopka, where he and his wife Wanda hold church services for deaf people in their community. A.C. speaks and signs, while Wanda signs along with him. They were a young couple when their lives got a surprise launch into the deaf community more than 40 years ago. Wanda one morning about a month after she realized her world was silent. I woke up one morning, deaf, Wanda said. The couple immediately sprung into action, learning sign language together to cope with their new life. They began sharing their love of church with others in the deaf community, and A.C. and Wanda began on the path that led them where they are today. Then, nine months after that silent morning, Wanda woke up with hearing in one of her ears. But their connection to the deaf community was not gone, and they have continued to work with deaf people at the First Baptist Church of Apopka. Last year, when they were asked to join the Center for Inde pendent Living as Santa and elf, they were thrilled. The party ca ters to deaf and hearing children and parents, giving everyone an opportunity to join the fun. Theres the same nervousness at ing Santa can be intimidating, and they ask for the same types of gifts cars, dolls and puppies A.C. said. they ask and the fact that before, their parents might not have been able to know what they were ask ing for. Now they can see the little secret Christmas wishes. Now they get to share in their childs excitement, Wanda said. Every child deserves to have a normal Christmas, and Santa brings that sense of normalcy, Gould said. It was truly heart warming. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING Santa Claus said hello with sign language at a Christmas party for deaf clients Dec. 13. SANTA Pastor A.C. McCann and his wife Wanda McCann have been working in the deaf community for more than 40 years, and play Santa Claus and elf at Christmastime BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff The Center for Independent Living in Winter Park is a resource for education, training and empowerment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit CILOrlando. org or call 407-623-1070. For more information about Pastor A.C. McCann and his church services at the First Baptist Church of Apopka, including services that he uses sign language, visit FBCApopka.net SIGNING They want their child to experience the same as any other children at Christmas, to feel included in society. For many it was the first time they have been able to speak to Santa in this way we try to get them their Christmas wish.

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Page 11 Now through March 31 Gorgeous glass at Orlando Museum of Art Through its new exhibit Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass the Orlando Museum of Art joins a celebration of glass that includes more than 160 events at museums and gal leries nationwide. The Orlando exhibit features 65 works by renowned artists including Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Christo pher Ries, Lino Tagliapietra and others. Most of the works, select ed from private collections, have never before been in a museum exhibit. Special events based on the exhibit include: a parent and child art adventure on Jan. 11; a family make and take event on Jan. 20; and a lecture and tour with William Warmus on Jan. 20. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart. org Free Fridays at the Morse Museum The Morse Museum world famous home of the largest collection of works by Louis Free Fridays from now through April, every Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. This beautiful muse um a true Winter Park treasure is located at 445 N. Park Ave. Call 407-645-5311 or visit morse museum.org Jan. 4 The Art & History Museums Maitlands Ladies Art Lounge A&H Museums Maitland begins the new year with a new program focusing on friendship and creativity called the Ladies Art Lounge. Created for women who want an evening out with friends (while learning and creat ing), the program is scheduled for beginning Jan. 4. Each evening will feature an A&H faculty member in a program in which 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. features Cindy McDowell leading a program in which patrons create their own piece of pottery. To register, call 407-539-2182, extension 265, or visit ArtandHistory.org Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 Lakeridge Winery Music Series free winery tours and tastings seven days a week, and we are all invited to their Winter Music Series every Saturday in January Saturday afternoon. There is no charge for admission or parking, and guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating. There will be food and beverage vendors serv ing a variety of items including Lakeridge wines by the glass. The musical line-up includes: Jan. 5 BlueTrain; Jan. 12 Old School; Jan. 19 Baby Blues; and Jan. 26 Tory Wynter. Visit lakeridgew inery.com Jan. 10 to 13 Built to Amaze! circus The Greatest Show on Earth will present Built To Amaze!, surprises, in Orlando Jan. 10-13. Elephants and tigers join acrobats and aerialists from around the globe to create this familyprecision. The performers are joined by clowns, an orchestra, and a wonderland of animals for a performance of non-stop thrills, immersing us in the circus traditions we love. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileys Built To Amaze! is open an hour before show time with the pre-show available free to all ticket holders. Visit Ringling.com or call 407440-7900. Jan. 11 Culture & Cocktails The Art of the Theatre The Art & History Museums Maitlands popular Culture & Cocktails event continues on Friday, Jan. 11, with a not-to-bemissed group show titled The Art of the Theatre. Featured artists are Cindy White, Huaixi ang Tan, and Kristen Wheeler, who celebrate theatre through their costume design, set design and theatrical photography. This one-night-only exhibit held Jan. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. showcases the artwork from initial sketches to completed project. Wheeler is inspired by vintage Hollywood, while Tan Huaixiang is a ten ured professor in costume and makeup design at Theatre UCF. Cindy White is internationally re nowned for her scenic design, art direction and theme park design. Admission is $5 including one drink ticket. Visit ArtandHistory. org or call 407-539-2181. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. through Sunday, January 13 Park Avenue and Hannibal Square stores offering merchandise from merchandise from 50-75% OFF! t h h r ou g h g Thursday, January 10 For additional information, visit experienceparkavenue.com. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar 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, Wed, Thu 6:30, 9:15 Tue 6:30 Only Cult Classics: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Tue 9:30 Midnight Movies: DJANGO Fri & Sat 11:59PM Ringling Bros. January 4

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Page 12 Hips move and groove as the Black Eyed Peas bump from the stereo, its a warm-up for the ex ercise class and a touted secret to staying youthful. Keep those hips moving and youll stay feeling young, the teacher says. Class attendees move from ex ercise to exercise, working their abs, kicking up their feet, and some of them even touching their toes. Every weekday, the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program meets at the Roth Jewish Community Center (JCC) for an exercise class made for seniors. Its one of doz program, which was developed by Healthways and has a partner ship with more than 40 Medicare members for free. As of Jan. 1, the program will be added to the list will give 50,000 more seniors ac Alice Gerken, the associate dis trict manager for Healthways for Florida, said theyve been work ing hard to alert their new poten tial participants, and will continue to do research and make sure that everyone will have enough qual ity locations for the program. 8 8 1 4 1 P R AD WPO 1/2013 Winter Pa rk's Distinctive R etir ement Community www.themayf lower .com 1620 Mayf lower Court Winter Park, FL 32792 The Mayf lower. Smart. Secure. And Spectacular.Close your eyes and think continuing care retirement community for a second. What do you see? Park-like grounds and walking trails? A pool and f itness center? A formal dining room? Perhaps. But what about your own faux f ireplace? Hardwood f loors? Designer kitchen with granite countertops and custom cabinetry? Closet systems? At a retirement community . seriously? Seriously. At The Mayf lower, you have the freedom and f lexibility to customize your home and your retirement lifestyle to make them uniquely yours. And while youre having fun doing that, youll also have the guarantee of pre-funded long-term care. Thats what prompted residents like Ann and Pete Cross to plan ahead and proactively make the move . because they wanted to, not because they needed to. How about you?Whats your plan for the future? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620. PRETTY AM A ZING FOR ALONGTERM CA RE PLA N [ dont you think? ] MAY 914 Cross Ad_WPO.indd 1 12/10/12 2:30 PM Senior tness program expands access As of Jan. 1, Florida the SilverSneakers Fitness Program for free to its members, giving access to the exercise program to more than 50,000 more seniors BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Please see SNEAKERS on page 19 PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE OBSERVER Seniors get t at the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at the Roth Jewish Community Center, which boasts of success stories getting wheelchair-bound seniors on their feet again. I can touch my toes and do things that a lot of my friends cant do. When I leave here I feel wonderful. Sylvia Brown, 72

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Page 18 at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted CDC says u has arrived hard and early How to leave money to someone who cant handle money Santa visited Centra Care with what he thought was a cold. Fortunately for Santa, Centra Care physicians completed symptoms early and prescribing antiportant to understand, antiviral medica tion must be taken within 48 hours of the Flu season usually peaks in January, but just in the last three weeks the Cen ters for Disease Control and Prevention Florida, Centra Care physicians started even saw an overall increase of 62 per cent in adult cases just last month. Dont yet, now is the time. strain, which typically causes more severe symptoms and health risks than most other circulating strains. The good around, including protection against N3N2. Centra Care physicians warn that get worse over the next couple weeks. can be extremely dangerous. Typical in fever, headache, cough and lethargy. Centra Care physicians advise the public to: hands with soap and water frequently. Keep your hands away from your face. shot immediately. about two weeks to reach maximum immunity. Anyone who wants to reduce get vaccinated. is the single best protection against the related complications. Including: people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high-risk people. are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead. Central Florida urgent care clinics; most are open late and weekends. Walk in anytime, or visit centracare.org to sched ule an online no-wait reservation, and out-of-pocket cost to seniors who bring their Primary Medicare card. Centra Care Yes, we love our children. And if were blessed with a legacy to leave behind, we all want our children to enjoy it. But some of our adult children are more mature with handling money than others. Many families have adult children who have issues that preclude leaving them lump sum. For example, you may not want to leave a lump sum to children with the following issues: ping addictions trustworthy spouses would come after your child if he or she via Medicaid or other need-based social til they spent all their inherited money. petent. If any of the above situations apply, you should consider meeting with an attorney who is experienced in the areas of fam ily law, estate planning and special needs planning. What is a trust? A trust is a legal entity designed to hold proper planning, your child will not inherit your wealth directly. Instead, the assets would come under the ownership of the trust. And when you set up the trust, you can determine the circumstances and crite ria by which the trust will release money to Of course, after your death, you wont be around to do it directly. But you can write the instructions into the language of the trust, and leave it up to an executor to follow those instructions on your behalf. For example, you can write language into the trust to accomplish the following: come, to be paid out only over the life ex number of years. of milestones, such as graduation from high school or GED, graduation from an accredited drug or alcohol rehabilita tion program, marriage or upon reaching certain ages. each month that will not disqualify your child from receiving Medicaid or other what this amount is, but it is generally around $1,700 per month or less. alcohol tests or staying out of trouble with the law. tive, keep in mind the following principles: Be realistic. Make sure the goals are at tainable for your children. The perfect may be the enemy of the good. Your children are not perfect people, just as you arent. Design your incentives and conditions thinking of the heirs you actually have, not the heirs you wish they were. Set reasonable milestones. For someone with a lifetime of addiction, a month of so year goal with no midpoints may seem like too much even to strive for someone early in recovery. Set some reasonable early and mid-point objectives to help them along their path. clear, so there is no room for argument with the executor. Either the drug test came back clean or it didnt. Either the col lege student graduated with a bachelors degree or got a GED or he didnt. Gray areas are nothing but trouble. Build in an emergency plan. You may ity in the event of an emergency, such as an unexpected disability, illness, injury, control. Build in an escape hatch to allow for the unexpected in life. Penny wise, pound foolish. Often we tend to go to the web for legal forms. It is important you consider meeting with a live attorney who is experienced in the areas of family law, estate planning and special needs planning. We would be happy to recommend someone in the legal circumstances. Structuring your legacy is one of the most important pieces of the retirement process, and many times it is overlooked. A SafeHarbor strives to help our family of clients to have an estate plan/legacy plan in place. We strive to add real value to our clients and we fully realize that relation ships are built over time, not transactions. Call A SafeHarbor today for your compli mentary copy of Understanding Trusts A Look at Living Trusts and Other Trusts. Bob Adams is president of A SafeHarbor, a rm spe cializing in assisting families in having a calm retire ment when faced with stormy nancial waters. Visit aSafeHarbor.com or call 407-644-6646 for more information. Bob Adams Finding the calm in rough waters A SafeHarbor Set reasonable milestones. For someone with a lifetime of addiction, a month of sobriety is a major achievement and a five-year goal with no midpoints may seem like too much even to strive for someone early in recovery. Set some reasonable early and mid-point objectives to help them along their path.

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Page 19 Its very important that our seniors have access to this be cause were all living longer and we want to live the best life we can, she said. Exercise is im portant, its a solution for them to take control of their health, to be independent. Proven benets SilverSneakers has been prov en to help older adults manage their health and increase strength, balance and endurance. The exer cise and nutrition guidance and in the program is said to lower the risk of chronic diseases, heart disease and depression, and can help keep seniors living indepen dently. Patricia Scalon, 73, and her husband Patrick Scalon, 83, head to the program at the JCC theyve felt better than ever. Ive always got more energy when I come home, Patricia said. I have more endurance, I hope my bones are getting stronger. I feel invigorated after the class, Patrick said. Many, including Patrick, joke that they measure success by how close they are to touching their toes. I can touch my toes and do things that a lot my friends cant do, said Sylvia Brown, 72, who comes with her 98-year-old fa ther-in-law. When I leave here I feel wonderful. The class keeps them moving for the entire 45 minutes, featur ing cardio exercises to keep up their heart rates. While every one can move and work at his or her own pace and ability, its not easy, and there arent any builtin breaks. But the instructors are always there to keep them going. Sherre Myers has been teach ing SilverSneakers classes since 2004. She noticed at her gym there were lots of seniors, but no one catering to their needs. They were so loyal, getting together every day at the gym, and incredibly ing them became her niche. She knows everyones name in the class at the JCC, educates them on how each exercise is helping them, and gives personal atten tion when her members need a little nudge. In a setting like this you are looked at, you are attended to, when you call out someones Myers said. Why treat them like theyre on their last breath? They Holly Foster, 68, teaches at Crescent Fitness in Winter Springs, and feels like SilverSneakers has given her a purpose after retiring from a career in dancing and iceskating. She incorporates her past when she coordinates Rockettestyle kick lines for the members, and they love it. We dont want to get old and sedentary; the more you do, the more you can do, Foster said. We want a good quality of life. Focusing on preventative care Its amazing the improvements that Myers and Foster have said theyve seen in their members be cause of SilverSneakers. Seniors have lost weight, lowered their and bounced back from heart at tacks. Myers had one member who never got out of his chair during the class, and now not only does he shake his Shakira hips with the best of them while standing, hes walking without a cane. Myers said she is happy that more insurance companies are ness and preventative care, and loves watching her class members gain strength, health and happi ness from the program. She says its the most important thing you can do. Whats better than a healthy life? she said. St. Dorothy Catholic CommunityLove Without Judgment where ALL are welcome301 New England Avenue Mass: Sundays@11:00AM www.stdorothycatholiccommunity.org SAINT DOROTHY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IS A PROGRESSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY (Respectfully not associated with the Diocese of Orlando) WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME! We have continued the reformed true Catholic Tradition in the Spirit of Vatican Council II! Are you divorced, gay, a recovering Catholic, feeling disenfranchised by your present worshiping community of whatever denomination, looking for a small worshipping community where you are known and not lost in the crowd? Then you have found what you are looking for in St. Dorothy Catholic Community! 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 communitybased 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)728-6234 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 Chuck Lee, MA, MBAPresident, Chief Executive Ocer Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative CareDavid L. Jones, CPA, MBAChief Financial Ocer Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care To nd a SilverSneakers Fitness Program near you, visit silversneakers.com. The Roth Jewish Community Center, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, has classes ve days a week. Visit orlandojcc.org or call 407-645-5933 for schedules. Classes are also offered in Seminole County, including at Crescent Fitness, located at 300 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs. Visit crescentgym. com or call 407-322-2099 for information. SNEAKERS | JCC gets seniors moving and educates them on how exercise improves health and longevity C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"

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Page 20 Is this the year youll choose to stop driving? Are you pre pared for that? Here are some thoughts, after reading a recent report by the Urban Land Institute, about what we might tend to want as a group. They have us broken down into age groups: LeadingEdge Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1955, and the Silent Generation, ages 67 to 80 years old. We Leading-Edge Boomers dont especially want to move to a seniors-only residence where were surrounded by other se niors. Weve been active, and we want to stay active. Well tend to do more ordering online or hav ing items delivered by UPS and FedEx. Boomers tend to live in the suburbs and want to stay in our own homes. If we do move, it will probably be to a place where cars arent as necessary but goods and services will be nearby. The Silent Generation will consider warmer climates and co-housing village areas where services are brought to us. There will be those who prefer the hub bub of downtowns with a mix of young and old, but with culture, libraries, walk-friendly streets and stores in easy reach. Both groups might choose from college towns (to live near children and take advantage of on-campus activities), manufac tured housing, co-housing and group living (multigenerational), munities (bringing people to gether based on shared interests). At some point, however, driv ing will become an issue. Where do you want to be when that happens? Before driving becomes a question in anyones mind, consider taking a seniors driv ing class, and maybe a refresher every year. Get a head start on knowing the physical changes that happen to all of us that can impact driver safety. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to columnreply@gmail. com. 2012 King Features Synd. Inc. 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701(407) 691-3009 (407) 679-2135 Visit us on the web @ www.binsons.com r fntbt f rtt ftbt bt bnr nr rt b bb f b tb off trtnCoupon redeemable for cash, check or credit card purchases only. Not redeemable for insurance transactions. Excludes custom/special orders & nutritional supplements. May not be combined with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value. Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing rfntbnb nnnn nnn rr rbt Most Older People Have DiverticulosisDEAR DR. DONOHUE:I am a 78-year-old female,active and in good health or so I thought. I eat right and never smoked or drank alcohol. Yesterday,a colonoscopy showed severe diverticulosis. The doctor prescribed Benefiber,then left and never returned. I am stunned. What do I do now? Will I have this forever? Am I unhealthy? How does one develop diverticulosis? What the difference between osisand itis? S.K. ANSWER:Your world isnt collapsing. Youre healthy. Youll have diverticulosis forever. By age 60,half of the people in North America have it. By age 80,two-thirds have it. A diverticulum is a bulge of the inner colon lining through the colons muscular wall to its outer surface. A diverticulum looks like a small soap bubble. Its only 1/5 to 2/5 inches (0.5 to 1 cm) in diameter. You can thank our diet for diverticulosis. We refine flour and throw away its bran the outer coat of grain. In countries where whole grains (including the bran) are commonly used,diverticulosis is a rarity. Bran and other fiber hold water in undigested food. Without fiber,the food residue dries and becomes hard. The colon muscles have to generate a great deal of force to keep it moving. That force causes the colon lining to pop through the colon wall as a diverticulum. For most,diverticulosis is a silent condition that remains silent for life. For a few,the diverticulum breaks and causes a local infection in the colon diverticulitis. The pain of a diverticulitis attack is usually felt in the lower left corner of the abdomen, and sometimes people have fever and chills along with the pain. The attack is treated by resting the tract and by giving antibiotics. Were supposed to get 30 grams of fiber a day. Fruits (especially those with edible skins),many vegetables and whole-grain products are the source of dietary fiber. If people cannot get enough fiber in their diet,then commercial products like the one youre taking fill the gap. Metamucil, Perdiem,Citrucel and Fiberall are other examples. The booklet on diverticulosis explains the ins and outs of this very common disorder. To order a copy, write:Dr. Donohue No. 502W,Box 536475,Orlando,FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipients printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE:My husband has chronic blepharitis and frequently develops hard buildups in both eyes that cause great discomfort. The doctor must remove them two times a month. What can be done to prevent them? S.R. ANSWER:Blepharitis (BLEF-uhRYE-tiss) is inflammation of the eyelid margins,which become red and crusty. The crust can build up into hard deposits. A twice-a-day program of lid cleansing might eliminate the crusts. Have your husband apply warm compresses (a wet washcloth) to closed lids for five to 10 minutes and then massage the lids. After the massage,he cleanses the lid margins with a cotton-tipped applicator dipped in a solution of one part baby shampoo and one part water. The doctor might have to prescribe an antibiotic ointment. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 328536475.2009 North America Synd.,Inc. All Rights ReservedHow Does Your Hospital Rate?It really DOES matter what hospital you go to when you need care. Your life could depend on it. So says the seventh annual study by HealthGrades. This is the same group that tracks doctors,hospitals and nursing homes and assigns a grade for the level of care. Its latest study reveals that your risk of death can be cut as much as 27 percent if you get your care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.To get that designation,a hospital has to pass a long list of criteria. The HealthGrades Web site [www.healthgrades.com] lists by state all of the Distinguishedhospitals. You can search (for free) for grades on a given hospital for any of dozens of medical conditions. Look for Research Hospitals on the front screen of the Web site. Its when you want a full report on a hospital that you have to pay a fee. Youll also have to pay a fee to check out a specific doctor or nursing home it costs money for the report. A much easier way to check on a hospital or doctor is on the governments Health and Human Services website [www.hospitalcompare.hhs .gov]. The HHS layout lets you compare multiple hospitals,right on the same screen. The information is very comprehensive,too. For example,one question concerns the percent of surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time,within one hour before surgery. This is a small detail maybe,but crucial to ones recovery. To find out if there is a Distinguishedhospital in your area,check the HealthGrades Web site and then search for details at the HHS site. Still,if youre facing a major medical issue,perhaps paying for the HealthGrades report would give you needed extra information. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions,but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475, Orlando,FL 32853-6475,or send email to columnreply@gmail.com.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc. King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 2-8, 2009 By Samantha MazzottaReusing Wood for FlooringQ:Ive been watching some home-improvement shows on television lately that advocate greenbuilding techniques, including reusing wood from other structures for a homes wood flooring,rather than buying new. What do you think about this trend,and how do I go about doing this? Larry in Tempe,Ariz.A:Recycled wood flooring is a good trend,in my opinion, because rather than chopping down live trees to supply the hardwood for your floor,wood from many types of disused structures or other sources of salvaged lumber can be remilled to give it a second life. There is some concern that the current stock of highquality salvaged wood will run out eventually,but no timetable has been given for that. Recycled hardwood is often of better quality than new hardwoods. Its been curing for many years,resulting in a tighter grain and more stability. Also, much of the current stock of recycled wood originally came from oldgrowth forests,most of which either no longer exist or are protected,and so youre getting high-quality denseness and stability that most new woods cant match. One thing it is not,however,is cheap. Recycled hardwood costs much more than new (Toolbase Services estimates that it runs about $5.75 to $11 per square foot,while new oak flooring runs about $3 per square foot). Recycled wood also must be installed by a professional. Despite the cost,recycled wood tends to be beautiful and durable and a nice conversation piece at parties. If youre interested in having it installed, many flooring contractors are able to procure and install recycled wood. You should check with more than one contractor,though,get estimates,and ideally work with someone who specializes in recycled wood-flooring installation. Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@hotmail.com,or write This Is a Hammer,c/o King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 32853-6475.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc.All types of wood floors need the same type of care: Wipe up liquid spills immediately, dont use harsh cleaners or oil soaps,and sweep,dust mop or vacuum regularly to prevent grit from dulling the finish.Dogs Help Vets Cope With PTSDTheres new ammo in the hunt for a fix for post-traumatic stress disorder. For some veterans,the answers lie in dogs. But not just any dogs. Specially trained dogs are being given to some veterans suffering from PTSD,and in many cases,its working. When out in public,the dogspresence invites social conversation,yet they will place themselves physically between someone approaching and the veteran,who is likely to still be leery of contact. With the dogs,veterans find that theyre able to leave home without fear and can slowly transition to a more normal life. Many of the dogs are trained in prisons in the Puppies Behind Bars program,where they spend a year with specially trained prisoners [www.puppiesbehindbars.com]. To turn the tables a bit,a group called Paws for Purple Hearts [www.assistancedog.org] allows veterans with PTSD to become trainers for dogs that will assist veterans with physical disabilities. Run by Bergin University in California,the Paws program gives a needed sense of purpose to veterans with PTSD,as well as the grounding and self-worth that come from knowing theyre working to help someone else. In this case its a veteran with physical disabilities. For more information,call PPH at 707545-3647 ext. 28. Steps also are being taken to head PTSD off at the pass,again using dogs. Combat Stress Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan are shipped over with therapy dogs that quickly become popular with service personnel. The dogs serve,among other things,as icebreakers and stress relievers,inviting conversations that might otherwise not take place. For a real treat,do an Internet search for Boe and Budge,two therapy dogs that were sent to Iraq with a stress team. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 328536475,or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc. King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 2-8, 2009 Were losing World War II veterans at a rate of 900 per day one every minute and a half. The older they get, the higher that number will go. Often, when an elderly vet eran dies, his stories go with him. This was the stoic generation, and men who came back from the war didnt talk about it. Years have gone by, and families still dont know the experiences their veteran had. But time has a way of breaking down that barrier of silence, and many of those veter ans are ready to talk. Thats where you come in. The Veterans History Project, part of the Library of Congress, provides a means for others to record the stories of veterans before the information is lost forever. For WWII veterans, the eligible years of service are 1939 to 1946. If you want to help preserve the history of a World War II vet eran, dont delay. Start planning now to do an interview. The Proj ect has a Field Kit with instruc tions. Stories can be captured via audio or video recordings, or in writing. Best bet: Use a video camera. Pictures add so much to the story. The Project website has instruction on what steps to take, if youre unsure of how to get started and how to proceed. After the interview with your veteran, the whole package is it will be archived forever. Future generations will be able to read and hear their stories. If you dont personally know a World War II veteran, your lo cal veterans service organization will. Once you get started, dont be surprised if other veterans approach you to do their stories as well. Go here for the Project Field Kit: www.loc.gov/vets Make a copy of the interview for the family before you send the package. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send email to columnreply@gmail.com. 2012 King Features Synd. Inc. Where will you live? WWII veterans have stories to tell We Leading-Edge Boomers dont especially want to move to a seniors-only residence where were surrounded by other seniors. Weve been active, and we want to stay active. Well tend to do more ordering online or having items delivered by UPS and FedEx. Boomers tend to live in the suburbs and want to stay in our own homes. If we do move, it will probably be to a place where cars arent as necessary. Often, when an elderly veteran dies, his stories go with him. This was the stoic generation, and men who came back from the war didnt talk about it. Years have gone by, and families still dont know the experiences their veteran had. But time has a way of breaking down that barrier of silence...

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Page 21 JAN. 3 The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Method ist 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. JAN. 5 Are you ready for a fresh start in 2013? At 10 a.m. on Jan. 5 a Cleansing & Detoxi cation class by Dr. Samadhi Artemisa will be held at Florida School of Holistic Living in downtown Orlando. Come learn about how the body cleanses and puries itself naturally on a daily basis, and how to support these built in systems. Regis tration is $15 at injoyhealthcare.com or by calling 407-252-1397. JAN. 12 AAUW Orlando/Winter Park Branch boun tiful breakfast buffet on Saturday, Jan. 12 will be followed by a Beth Kassab, Or lando Sentinel columnist, speaking about Regarding Women: An In-depth View of Womens Status at 9 a.m. in the Church Hall, at the First Congregational Church; 225 S. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park. For information and to make a reservation, please contact Barbara Buchele at 407369-4826 or babuchele@gmail.com by Jan. 9. The cost is $15. JAN. 13 The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be hosting the ex hibit The Plot: A Graphic History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. that will feature Lecia J. Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information visit holocaustedu.org or call 407-6280555. MAITLAND SENIOR CENTER EVENTS The Maitland Senior Center is located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Call 407-539-6251 or visit itsmy maitland.com Are you interested in art, history, health, and entertainment? Then join us on the rst and third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. for our Senior Speaker Series Each month we will cover a broad range of top ics that everyone will enjoy. Come join us for an educational and fun time! Join Audrey every Tuesday in January at 10:30 a.m. for Line Dance Lessons The class is an hour and a half, and is perfect for both beginner and intermediate danc ers. Cost of the class is $4 to the teacher. Join John every Monday, Thursday and Friday in January at 9 a.m. for Yoga Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat. Cost of the class is $2 to the teacher. Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you like making new friends and sharing your favorite patterns? Then join our Knit & Crochet group meeting every Monday in January at 10 a.m. Bring your current project and have some fun! And if Mon days dont work for you, we also have another Knit & Crochet group that meets Fridays at 10 a.m. Join us every Monday in January at 1 p.m. for our Conversational French group Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Join Esther every Tuesday in January at 9 a.m. for Tai Chi classes. Cost of the class is $10 per month to the teacher. Join us every Tuesday in January at 1 p.m. for our Conversational Spanish group. Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Must be uent in Spanish to participate. Join Donna every Thursday in January at 11:30 a.m. for Chair Yoga Cost of the class is a $2 donation to the teacher. Join Ann every Friday in January for mu sical recorder classes at 1 p.m. Lessons are free. Please call the Senior Center at 407-539-6251 for specics on this class. The Maitland Senior Center presents a program for elders on the second Friday of the month (Jan. 11 this month) that is staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of El ders). The program provides free unbi ased counseling about Medicare Me digap, HMOs, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long term care. All counseling is rst-come-rst-serve. Bring your list of medications or Rx bottles, insurance card and red, white and blue Medicare card. Join us every third Thursday of the month (Jan. 17 this month) for Bunko beginning at 12:45 p.m. WINTER PARK COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS The community center offers a daily pro gram for our older adults from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you are an active adult looking to get in shape or just looking to get out of the house and make see friends, we have something for everyone. Our program offers social, education and health/tness opportunities throughout day. Some of the programs offered are c omputer education, disease preven tion seminars, wellness activities and social luncheons. Participants must have a city of Winter Park Recreation ID in order to participate. The IDs are free to residents and available at the community center. Some programs and trips may have an additional fee. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information. The Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave. Play Pickleball at the Community Cen ter on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noon free with a Recreation ID. The Seniors First Program is free to all seniors 55 and older that reside in Orange County. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and features socialization opportunities, local trips, arts and crafts, games and a daily lunch program. Boomers Boot Camps are offered Tues days and Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon. Your kids are grown; its your turn to play! The class offers interval aerobic exercise for the older adult with plenty of energy to burn. Cost is $5 per class or $25 a month for unlimited classes. Zumba Gold uses the same principles as our regular Zumba class, but targets adults 55 and older. Get some exercise while you dance to Latin rhythms; its so much fun you will not even feel like you are exercising! Classes are the rst and third Wednesday of the month (next class Jan. 16) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free with a Recreation ID Card. Tai Chi Gold classes focus on creating a healthy mind and body through low impact cardio and stretching, geared to wards participants 55 and older. Classes are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (Jan. 8 and 22) from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Free with a Recreation ID Card. Friday Fitness is a 10-week group-train ing program that provides education and training on use of the Community Center tness center equipment to help adults 55 and older gain comfort and condence when working out by themselves. The program is available Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and is free with a Recreation ID Card. An old favorite that is fun for all ages. Come out and try your luck and maybe win a prize during Bingo at the Commu nity Center. The game is played Wednes days from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free with a Recreation ID Card. JCC SENIOR EVENTS The Jewish Community Center in Mait land is located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. For more information on these and other JCC programs, visit orlandojcc.org or contact Emily Newman at 407-645-5933, exten sion 244. Come experience for yourself how getting healthy can be so much fun at the JCCs Laughter Club one of the more than 6,000 such clubs in 60 countries! The Club meets Mondays at 11:45am. Laugh ter Yoga is a new and unique way to get healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Its just $10, or free for JCC members. The 39ers are a daytime group who meet in the JCC Senior Lounge ve days a week for diversied programming. Monday is a general meeting day followed by excit ing programming. The 39ers member ship consists of couples and singles who enjoy each others company working on projects, volunteering, Sunday afternoon movies, group discussions, theatre, play ing cards and Mah Jongg, etc. The Senior Nite Club is our senior eve ning group who meet the third Thursday evening of every month in the Senior Lounge. They plan events together and meet during the month at restaurants, theatres, etc. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com 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. Hair Cuts Starting at$8 For Men $9 For Women We Specialize in Seniors and Home Bound Clients Yes, We Go To Your House, Nursing Home, Or Adult Living Facility!Most of Our Clients are Veterans! OOH RAH! 407-808-7320 561-358-2123 407-376-9367Se Habla Espanol* Merci Hair Styles 35 Years Experience Senior Calendar JAN. 6: Basics of Rose Growing Class Orlando Area Historical Rose Society will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, for Basics of Rose Growing in Central Florida by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian Tom Burke. A presentation will cover the varied aspects of roses: planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning and help along the way. Its all at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Ave., in Orlando. For more information call 407-497-1639. JAN. 25: Men in Black 3 Join us every Monday and Friday in January at 1 p.m. to see your favorite movies. Monday Matinees include: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Jan. 7; The Debt on Jan. 14; Joyful Noise on Jan. 21; and Crazy Heart on Jan. 28. Friday Flicks include: The Words on Jan. 4; Calendar Girls on Jan. 11; Hope Springs on Jan. 18; and Men in Black 3 on Jan. 25.

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Page 22 Opinions Kids will sometimes just stare at me. Im pretty sure they know it wont be long before Ill make a face, or react, as I do. ent than them, just bigger. I look back, begging them not to give me away in the wrong situation, some sort of a quasi-professional courtesy. My inner child isnt always easy to contain. Its sort of Hulklike, just less green, and more fun. Theres a reason why I can never channel surf beyond Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory We all seek kindred spirits; even if they are make believe. Ive had a few ideas Ive wanted to make happen for more than a year now. This year at Christmas I was determined to ality. I just needed a general plan, and eager cohorts. Id never met Theresa Leigh Smith in person; but Id helped promote some of her local, vocal events. When I was ready to move forward with my yuletide ous conspirator. Her reaction was encouraging, exciting. She teaches 35 students in voice, has a masters in vocal performance. And, lucky for me, she likes to be spontaneous. We planned a meet ing at the intersection of Park Avenue and New England, where work well for the slower pace of with three great anchors Tuni, Peterbrooke and Luma on three corners, the other Central Park. We met and she quickly an nounced shed brought another, Josh Wilson, who shed just been meeting with elsewhere. This sort of encouragement to my ideas was not common, but its still hard to know exactly how to react. Their energy, enthusiasm, I contacted the owner of the Winter Park Wedding Chapel, Su rehearsing there. After hearing so much about this delightful venue, it was surprising Id only zeroed in on its exact location in the past year. She was delight ful and I was again reminded of what can occur when neighbors help neighbors, and get behind an idea they believe is a positive one for a community. Listening to Suzannes English accent was an extra perk. Our initial rehearsal was good, though we had only seven or so participants. Yet, I was already blown away by the sound of participants voices ris patterns of fabric forming a quilt. Im a lover of music, but now felt quite oblivious to what it takes to develop a musical arrangement, and make it work. I observe The resa and Josh working out details, and realize just how unprepared I was for such on my own. Josh has been playing piano since he was 15, and makes Theresas requests happen easily. They speak the same language. She stood before participants directing them, her obvious abilities serving to make me feel a bit smarter in my own. For a number of days we were recruiting. We had another re hearsal on Friday evening, which also grew in attendance. I ran into City Manager Randy alerted him to our plan. I wanted a bucket, a way to lift my mas cot, Parker, skyward, a local-shift on a bird of peace. That never worked out. I also stopped by the Winter Park Police Department, to let them know what was afoot. By the time Christmas Eve ar rived, I was nervous. I messaged Theresa on Facebook. She reas sured me she was a professional, and knew what she was doing. Id seen her at work, thought of that, and calmed. I switched to cane lights to Parker. Just before 5 p.m. on Christ mas Eve the square was getting busier. I saw the van for WESH 2, which was to cover it, and my fretting was back. Wed talked on the phone earlier and Im guess ing Im the only one who ever quoted Elf in a phone inter view: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. A brief pow-wow and I was grown. Some of the word was purposefully out. Parker planted himself on the corner and several passersby requested photos. I tried to stay attentive to the cue. The music started, rising from the Luma corner. Parker began to conduct. I thought of boat trips on rough water sky, water, sky, water. From inside that large head, I saw blue sky, then black pavement as furious conducting took hold. I could hear, somewhat see, but neither terribly well. I closed my eyes as it didnt re ally matter and focused on the music, how it sounded, words I could somewhat make out but knew for certain were there. Id anticipated a total time of seven minutes, but it was surely Tuni was soon talking into Park ers eye, saying it was adorable. largest group of participants, of fered a thank you to the WESH 2 reporter who carried a bit live, then had reports of the event at both 6 and 11. I yelled out of the head: Thank you! I looked back on the whole event, photos and video, took note of the smiles and laughter, the joy I saw from participants and onlookers. I saw a comment on Facebook of a father whose daughter had crawled up onto his laptop to watch a clip. It felt great. At the very end, there in Cen tral Park, there was some discus sion, congratulations, a comment of great job. It was all Theresa. I tried to communicate from inside that head. Youre a wise owl, a lady responded. That seemed a compliment for Parker and he nodded. mas Eve I will always remember. 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 Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Holiday ash mob PHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVER Parker the Owl directs a chorus of carolers during a holiday ash mob on Dec. 23, orchestrated by I Luv Winter Parks Clyde Moore. We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local Eyes and Optics When the owners of Eyes and Optics on Park Avenue wanted to produce a new video to spotlight their services and products, where did they go? They looked locally and got a great new high denition promotion tool produced by Steve Graffham of Winter Park Photography. Depending on complexity of video and desired messaging, it can be produced with as little as one day of lming. These videos can be used on social media from Facebook to Twitter, or they can be loaded onto an iPad for a trade show or individual presentations. The same video can even be shown in high denition on a big screen. The music started, rising from the Luma corner. Parker began to conduct. I thought of boat trips on rough water sky, water, sky, water. From inside that large head, I saw blue sky, then black pavement as furious conducting took hold. King Features Weekly ServiceDecember 31, 2012 King Features Weekly ServiceDecember 31, 2012

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Page 23 Louis Roney Play On! Chris Jepson Perspectives Old Winter Park: A chat on Lake Virginia If this is as you are At Christmas vacation time in 1931, I was in the middle of my sixth-grade year in Winter Park Grammar School. My sister, Peg, was in the fourth grade. My father was a busy member of the Rollins faculty, teaching Romance languages. Our family of four lived in a little house almost on the Rollins campus, at the corner of Fairbanks and Chapman avenues. Chapman was then a dirt street running 100 yards from then-narrow Fairbanks Avenue to the big red brick grammar school facing Park Avenue. Our house was one of three later torn down to make way for the broad racetrack that Fairbanks Avenue is today. That Christmas Day, I ran across the Rollins campus and down to Lake Virginia. The day was chilly and gray. No one was at the lake. I strolled out to the end of one of the long Rollins docks and sat down, thinking of warmer weather and good swimming days to come. Soon I noticed a very well dressed man coming out on the dock in my direc tion. He had on a three-piece suit and tie. as I had expected, he slowly sat down beside me, his feet dangling almost to the black water. Turning his balding head with its deep-set squinting eyes toward me fullface, he asked me, Do you live here? Yes, sir, I answered. What does your father do? he asked. Hes a professor. Oh, thats interesting. What is his name? Same as mine Louis Roney, I said. What does he teach? he asked. He teaches languages, I answered. He can speak about a hundred of em. And hes one of the best fencers in the world. added, smiling. Oh, he is! I continued to talk full speed and he was an athlete in college and an hes about the smartest person there is anywhere! I launched into a stream of hyperbolic accolades that painted my father as superhuman. My boyish pride in my father led me willingly into some wild exaggerations. I think that I ended up by saying that there had never been anyone on the Rollins campus quite so swell as my dad. My elderly companion rose, and said, I must leave now. I am very happy to have met you, and I am glad you told me about your dad. He must be quite a man indeed. Oh, he is! I said. At the dinner table that night I told my father about my meeting with the kindly gentleman on the Rollins dock. Dad, he was really interested in hear ing all about you Thats nice, Dad said. I made you out to be the smartest man in Winter Park. My goodness, Louis, what did you actually say? Dad asked. Well, Dad, I said you are about the most important person on the whole Roll ins campus. Now, you know that you shouldnt talk like that! Dad said. Well, this man seemed so interested, and he kept askin things, I said. By the way, I added, he said to tell you Hello. Whats his name? Holt, I said. Hamilton Holt. (Dr. Hamilton Holt was at that time president of Rollins College.) About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) issue, so heres a favorite column of his from the past. heal. Terrence Malick Its the premise I cannot buy. Lan guage is a human construct. At some point in our development as a species, a distant ancestor took that gush of lung air and articulated a feeling, a thought, an expression. A warning perhaps. A rush of expressed pain. A rudimentary sentiment of emotion. Who knows the word(s) uttered. Lost in the ether. My third child skipped single words virginal mind and mouth. Does that not express the quintessential essence of hu manity? Anyone who ever experienced an older sibling gets the sentiment. It is through language that we build our world. It constructs our universe. It reveals the unknowable. It forms our jump of imagination it was when that distant evolutionary cousin so long ago introduced God into the human equa tion. How else to explain what was then unknowable, but to an unknow able super entity, God? And as our language grew, so did the attributes of our god(s). Power ful beyond description. Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent. All powerful. All knowing. All present. And that is the premise I cannot buy. I recently saw a marvelous movie, Terrence Malicks The Tree of Life. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star, but it is the female lead, Jessica Chastain, who rightly commands our attention. She is the mother of three boys and wrestles with lifes accompanying sorrows, constantly imploring/questioning Gods Some attribute religious overtones to the movies meaning, but that should not prevent one from embracing its artistic pleasures, its humanity. A line softly uttered early in the movie goes to the heart of the human He should heal. This is a statement questioning Gods plan. And it is a fundamental question we should all ask of God. The words attributed to God are Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent. If you are God, you know everything that will ever be, you cannot create a mountain you cannot lift and you are everywhere for all time. So why, if this is as you are, would you not ever so slightly tweak the human model? Knowing what you know? If you knew that on June 8, 1972 American pilots would open their bomb bay doors and rain napalm on sleep would melt like butter from the arms of screaming innocence (children) as they ran from their burning huts why not tweak the model? Why not ever so slightly change that which you claim to so love? this question masterfully, actually. Just look at the beauty of the universe. As life consumes us all, in every sorrow ful iteration, the universe displays its And God, well, hes a busy chap. A busy beaver. And please dont take it person ally (the sorrow). Its all of a piece, dontcha see. No, actually I do not see. The the cards. He deals deuces to some and aces to others. A rigged game. Yet none of us get to sit it out. We either need a new croupier or a new vocabulary. I opt for words. 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 Can I settle my IRS debt? A taxing questionnaire grant them. I put together this short questionnaire for taxpayers to use to determine whether or not they qualify for an IRS settlement. the form seems simple enough, but if you read the instructions carefully you will soon see that most of the work is in assembling and present information in support taxpayers have tried to only to get rejected for failure to comply with the instructions. The IRS receives hundreds of thousands of which do not comply with the instruc stands out. greatly increases the chances of IRS ac ceptance. The questionnaire In deciding whether or not to pursue should ask yourself the following ques tions: 1. Are you in bankruptcy proceedings? If so, the IRS cannot consider and will 2. Are you current with all your tax returns? Compromise unless you are completely ments. 3. Are you paying taxes on your current income? now complying with the tax laws. This means you must have the proper amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck and remitted to the IRS or, if you are selfemployed, you must make your quarterly estimated tax payments. 4. Do you own assets having a value (after deducting encumbrances, mortgages and se cured loans) that exceeds the amount you owe the IRS (including penalties and interest)? If the answer is yes, you do not on doubt as to collectability. Points to remember If after answering the above questions be right for you, remember the following: You can count on the IRS making several requests for additional information provided. You must respond to these re quests thoroughly and on a timely basis or You must pay a 20 percent non-refundable on doubt as to collectability) you must and the $150 dollar application fee. If your refunded but the 20 percent will be applied to reduce your liability. properly: seek the advice of experienced tax counsel document that must be completed care fully and thoroughly. The IRS is not going to give up some thing for nothing. You have to prove that it is in the governments best interest to We recommend that you consult with an experienced tax lawyer before submit Peter Pappas is a tax attorney and a CPA. He and his rm, The Pappas Group, have been assisting federal and state taxpayers with their tax and business problems for more than 25 years. For more informa tion call Peter at 407-648-2555, email him at ppap pas@pappaslaw.com or visit www.pappastax.com Peter Pappas Tax Talk You can count on the IRS making several requests for additional information and clarification of the information already provided.

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Eighty-one years ago, our columnist was chatting on a dock when he nearly cost his father his job. Page 23Louis Roney LifestylesSanta Claus shocked these kids when he sat them on his lap and said Merry Christmas in sign language.Page 10 CalendarCrealdes Night of Fire will bring art, ame and liquid metal together in one night to remember. Page 8 In search of the $10K bachelorsIdea of selling impact fees deemed illegalThere is one thing developer Dan Bellows new plan for the trading of impact fees has that one is legal. moditizing impact fees for capi 12. The new idea proposes a sites. what other developments might said. grand total of zero. No developcosts. program. -ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERDeveloper Dan Bellows ,right, will need another plan to artfully convert impact fees into something more nancially liquid. Maitland Attorney Cliff Shepard deemed the last plan that the city and Bellows had considered to be illegal. A large project hangs in the balance. Please see COUNCIL on page 2ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Last year Winter Parks boys basketball only won six games. Now theyre redeeming themselves in a big way.STORY ON PAGE 6 Wildcats exorcise old demons Please see CHALLENGE on page 5

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Page 3 Maitland Coin & Currency Showat theMaitland Civic Center 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751FREE ADMISSIONShow open to the public Buy Sell AppraisalsFor more information call or visitOrlando Coin Exchange 6301 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32809www.MaitlandCoinShow.comorlandocoinexchange@gmail.com407-730-3116 SUNDAY, Jan 69:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Free coin for all children 12 and under 6 SUN Last few days to ice skate! to 8 p.m. For more freezing infor Save the date for the annual Winter Park Mayor/City Commission Luncheon Dinner on the Avenue limited tables on-sale now to donate canned food items for cloth and chairs are provided For more information regard Recycle: Gift wrapping and Christmas trees Interested in Fairbanks Avenue? Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Winter in the Park Dinner on the Avenue

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Page 4 Business Briefs Community Bulletin NAI Realvest recently negotiated four lease agreements totaling 19,022 square feet at Monroe CommerCenter South in Sanford, at the Goldenrod CommerCenter in Orlando and at the industrial facility on Metric Drive in east Winter Park. At 4100 Metric Drive in Winter Park the new tenant is a local rm of insurance adjusters and investigators, Specialty Group Inc. A & B Stucco Inc., a longtime tenant at Goldenrod CommerCenter at 1467 N. Goldenrod Road in Orlando has expanded by leasing another 6,782 square feet and now occupies a total of 15,606 square feet at the industrial center. Greenberg Traurig shareholder Alan C. Sheppard Jr. graduated from the Uni versity of Alabama College of Law with an LL.M. in taxation, magna cum laude. Already holding a J.D. with honors from the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law, as well as a B.S. with honors, in Eco nomics and International Relations from Texas Christian University, he continues to add to his wide-ranging expertise. Shep pard is currently a commercial real estate attorney and shareholder for the Orlando ofce of the international law rm, Green berg Traurig. Tampa-based HomeBanc N.A. is pleased to announce it has opened a new branch location in Winter Park at 123 E. Morse Blvd., giving people in the Orlando area another opportunity to experience the at home feeling when they bank at Home Banc. To assist homeless veterans across Florida, Two Men and a Truck locations throughout the state, including Orange County, recently introduced the Movers for Military program. Working with more than 50 schools from Pensacola to Miami, the moving company collected approxi mately 15,250 essential items to donate to organizations supporting veterans in crisis.Donate to the Rep busEach year, more than 40,000 schoolaged children attend a eld trip per formance at The REP. Of those, more than 7,000 attend for a free or reduced price as part of our No Empty Bus pro gram. This program is funded 100 per cent by your donations, and provides for free or reduced eld trip tickets (as well as fuel and bus subsidies) for Title 1 and underprivileged Central Florida schools. Visit tinyurl.com/Orlandorep bus to donate. Local pens bookWinter Park author, coach and public relations specialist Mary Gardner has just released a new book called Be coming an Inuential Personality. This book gives communication and public relations strategies, and advice on how to create a movement that will inspire millions. Visit marygardner.com or mail Mary Gardner, The Charisma Coach at P.O. Box 244, Winter Park, FL, 32790.Dangerous curve no moreThe Interstate 4 paving project at the Fairbanks curve is nished. Almost a half-mile of the four-lane interstate as well as emergency lanes was paved on the westbound side. The pur pose of the project is to increase trac tion, improve drainage, and cover up roadway joints from long ago widening projects that were in conict with the highway striping. The cost of the proj ect was $377,838. Goodwill movesGoodwill Industries of Central Florida is excited to announce the relocation of its Job Connection Center to 3911 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Goodwills Job Connection Centers offer a variety of job training and placement services like resume building, networking and mentoring to people with barriers to employment. These programs are offered at no cost to the community, and are funded by proceeds from sales of donated items at the nonprots 26 area retail stores. Since the beginning of 2012, Goodwill has helped 4,323 people nd jobs.Haiti heros scholarshipRecognizing the business innovation and successful growth of REBUILD Globallyan organization created in response to the devastating earth quake of Jan. 12, 2010 in Port-auPrince, Haitithe Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship has awarded REBUILDs company founder, Julie Colombino, a full scholarship for the Rollins Business Accelerator pro gram. The scholarship is part of the $50,500 prize package awarded to REBUILD Globally for winning the 2012 Business Innovations and Growth (B.I.G.) Award at Central Floridas pre mier event for entrepreneurs and business leaders.Tons of gratitudeWinter Park student Andrew Weinstock collected more than 10,000 pounds of candy for 2012 Operation Gratitude Orlando Halloween Candy Collection to send to troops overseas. Volunteer for vets, petsVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Cen tral Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary care givers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereave ment calls, sew Memory Bears or gar ment bags, knit/crochet afghans, make crafts, help repair medical equipment, or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or email central.oridavolunteers@vitas.com for more in formation. Young artist nalistsThe Bach Festival Society congratu lates the winners of the 20th Annual Young Artist Competition. More than 60 entrants from around the state of Florida competed, with twelve prizewinning contestants advancing to the nalist round. The nalist recital was open to the public and was enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience. Finalists from the area are Caroline Lazar, alto saxophone, from Maitland; Joseph Prior, horn, from Winter Park Rebecca Edge, violin, from Winter Park. Biz women volunteerFemCity Orlando, Central Floridas premiere organization connecting am bitious professional women through networking events and originative workshops, volunteered its time at Fern Creek Elementary School on Dec. 17. FemCity Orlando volunteer efforts included organizing the clothes pantry and putting together weekend snack packs.Soccer scholarJordan Stewart, a senior at The Geneva School in Winter Park, earned selection to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Scholar All-America Team. He currently has 34 goals, a singleseason school record for The Geneva School, while maintaining a 4.42 GPA. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Trinity Prep hispanic scholar Trinity Preparatory School senior Dylan Malugen of Winter Park has been awarded Honorable Mention sta tus by the College Boards 2012-13 National Hispanic Recognition Program. The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students, and this year more than 5,000 students were selected for recognition from a pool of more than 253,000 students. Stand Up! Speak Up! gains new supporters Hosted by Heart of Florida United Way, the Stand Up! Speak Up! event helped launch a new advocacy initiative led by the Childrens Leadership Alliance of Orange County (CLAOC), comprised of a government, nonprot and private-sector leaders committed to creating a brighter future for children. Dick Batchelor, CLAOC co-chair and a former state representative, discussed the current state of childrens issues across Florida, which ranks 44th in the nation for the economic well-being of children according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. National Merit candidate Trinity Preparatory School senior Angela Hosbein of Win ter Park is a candidate for a special scholarship to be awarded through the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by the programs corporate and business spon sors. Bright House volunteers helped 300 children Hundreds of toys and more than 100 bicycles were bought, wrapped, and earmarked by Bright House employee volunteers for more than 300 local needy children served by two community organizations for the 11th year. Hope and Help Center, which as sists children of AIDS and HIV-affected families in Central Florida, was the rst stop for the volunteers as they lled an entire conference room almost oor-to-ceiling with gifts bought from wish lists that the client children had submitted earlier. The gifts were given to each of the children in time for Christmas.

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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.JAN. 4Its the First Friday of the year! Stop by the Baldwin Park First Friday Charity Festival and Art Stroll on Jan. 4 along New Broad Street in Baldwin Park from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see more than 40 local artists work plus food, wine and beer. The featured charity this month is the Center for Independent Living Orlando. Visit cilorlando.com and facebook.com/ BaldwinParkFirstFridayFestivalJAN. 5Are you ready for a fresh start in 2013? At 10 a.m. on Jan. 5 a Cleansing & Detoxi cation class by Dr. Samadhi Artemisa will be held at Florida School of Holistic Living in downtown Orlando. Come learn about how the body cleanses and puries itself naturally on a daily basis, and how to support these built in systems. Regis tration is $15 at injoyhealthcare.com or by calling 407-252-1397.JAN. 7Winter Park Executive Women will meet Monday, Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. Kick off the new year and ask yourself, Is your ladder leaning against the right wall? as Jaqueline Brito, assistant dean of admissions at Crummer Graduate School of Business, provides insight into matching your passion with your career choice. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Go to winterpark.org to RSVP by noon on Jan. 4. Its at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Ly man Avenue. Targeted by Mexicos deadly drug cartels, journalists at a Tijuana-based newsweekly risk their lives to report the truth in Reportero, showing Monday, Jan. 7, on PBS. Close to 50 journalists have van ished or been murdered in Mexico since December 2006. The movie starts at 10 p.m. on PBS afliate WUCF. JAN. 10 Rollins College will be hosting U.S. Am bassador-at-Large for Global Womens Issues, Melanne Verveer, on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. for The SMART Thing To Do: Advancing Women and Girls around the World. For this event, Rollins has partnered with the U.S. De partment of State and Tupperware Brand GlobalLinks. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information visit Rollins.eduJAN. 11 Januarys Culture & Cocktails at Art & History Museums Maitland features an exciting group show titled The Art of the Theatre. Featured artists are Cindy White, Huaixiang Tan, and Kristen Wheeler. The Art of Theatre celebrates theatre through costume design, set design, and theatrical photography. In addition to a fabulous art show, guests will enjoy mu sic sponsored by Performing Arts of Mait land, Literary Readings by Maitland Poets & Writers, delicious food truck fare from K-Burgers, popcorn from The Enzian, friendship and fun. Admission is free to A&H members, and $5 for not-yet-mem bers. That $5 includes one drink ticket. James Casey: Equine Sculpture opens at the Maitland Art Center on Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Memories of growing up in Central Florida and working on his grandmothers cattle ranch laid the foun dation for James Caseys iconic sculpture works. Caseys current body of work employs rugged materials that capture the unexpected beauty and grace of his equine subjects. The gallery is located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Also at the Maitland Art Center, Selections from the Permanent Collection: Sculpture runs from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. The A&Hs Maitland Art Center is home to a diverse collection of sculpture works by distinguished national and local art ists. The collection acquired through pur chases and donations unites a variety of media and subject matter. Good Morning Winter Park presented by Florida Blue is Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:45 a.m. Join us as we launch the 2013 Chamber Cares campaign, our annual philanthropic effort. This years recipient is the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. Cost is free and includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Its all at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Barnies CoffeeKitchen, Costco Wholesale and the Winter Park/Maitland Observer support the event.ONGOINGTickets are on sale as of Jan. 2 for Dinner on the Avenue, but hurry because the tables go quickly. The dinner is April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. but only 38 tables are available. For more information regard ing this unique dining experience, please visit cityofwinterpark.org/dinnerontheav enue or call 407-643-1627. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com JAN. 4: Ladies Art LoungeArt & History Museums Mai tland (A&H) proudly introduces Ladies Art Lounge, a new program that focuses on friend ships and creativity, with a lot of fun thrown in the mix. The program is held on the rst Friday of every month, beginning Jan. 4. Each event features one of the A&Hs talented faculty members leading a program in which you can let your creative juices ow. Have fun creating ne art and craft pieces for your home, as a gift, or to wear. Its from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave. To register, visit ArtandHistory.org, or call 407539-2181, extension 265. JAN. 5: Night of Fire Creald School of Art will host Night of Fire and Winter Open House on Saturday, Jan. 5, to kick off the new year. The second Annual Night of Fire features campus-wide activities including a live bronze sculpture pour, kiln ring, free workshops, and handmade clay lantern displays at the main campus. The Night of Fire open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. with a gal lery reception for Directors Choice III starting at 6 p.m. on the Creald campus at 600 St. Andrews Blvd. in Winter Park. This exciting event is free. JAN. 6: Asbury I Can 5k raceTime to make good on new years resolutions with the Asbury I CAN 5k on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. The race kicks off at 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Mait land. All proceeds will be used to feed hungry children through support of local food banks. Call 407-644-5222, email connect@asburyumc. com, or for race registration forms visit asburyumc.com

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Page 9 Lifestyles Elaine Person teaches writing courses throughout the tri-county area. She has lived in the Orlando area for 19 years and started writ ing when she was 7 and now has degrees in television production and operations and speech and theater. Previously, she wrote professional commercials and performed voiceovers. Currently a member of the Florida Writers Association, she has been published many times for her poetry and prose. Shes been teaching writing classes for about three years and her favorite thing to do is edit peoples books and pieces. The Observer sat down with tick. Q: What classes do you teach? A: I teach poetry, prose and childrens classes, but I teach ac cording to a prompt. For example, Ill say the black shirt, now write for 10 minutes. After they write, everyone reads their stories aloud and then there is positive critique only. The poetry and prose classes are open to everyone. The chil drens classes are for children, not about writing childrens stories. Q: When are your classes? A: Wednesday nights at Win ter Park Public Library at 7 p.m. through the Lifelong Learning Institute open to the public; poetry workshop at the Maitland Pub lic Library on Sunday afternoons (times vary check online); Im also available for writing workshops in peoples homes. Q: What goals do you have for your classes? A: Sometimes people just need the jumpstart or the kick to get going and thats my lot in life; its very satisfying. My main goal is just to get them to write and help them leave with product. I want to have more people attend. Q: What inspired you to start teaching writing classes? A: I was attending a writing workshop where we had to intro duce ourselves and talk about our writing background. After speak ing about my background, the in structor told me that I had a lot to teach. Also, Im very vocal and I love people. Q: Where have you been pub lished? A: Florida Writers Associaman My Most Embarrassing Moments A Century of Col lege Humor by Random House for a parody piece about King Ar thur, published a few chapbooks, Love and Other Passions by Central Florida Poets, Glossed Over in Slices of Life, Im A Person in From Our Family to Yours. Q: Do you have any inspirational words that you tell your class? A: Give yourself the gift of time; If you have something burning in your soul, write it down; let the horses out of the corral write with wild verbs; writing is like scrabble, its not the words you choose, its where you put them; writing is a beautiful addic tion. Q: Do you have a favorite sto ry about your writing? A: In the sixth grade there was a writing competition where the sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed against each other. I place in the sixth grade. Q: What is your favorite thing to write? A: Humor. I love to make people laugh. Im A Person is my humor piece, which has a tone like Lou Costello (of The Abbott and Costello Show), who was once my neighbor. I write clever poems with a little philosophy about them. Im a performance poet. I like to be vivacious. rfrfn rttbt rf n tfnt rfntbttf n btf rfnftbbrrn Elaine Person has been a special guest to the Maitland Public Librarys open mic nights, where poetry is read by local writers on all levels of writing ability. For more information about Elaine Person, visit personalwrite.comOde to a Red LightBy Elaine PersonI love a red trafc light Then I can put my makeup on right But if its dark, Ill look affright Trying to put it on at night. Red light, time giver to me I wake up in the morning, then I ee I would look badly If it werent for thee. Red light, you are all I see. I get time to comb my hair Floss my teeth Phone my friend Claire Put on my shoes Shave my legs Read the paper Eat some eggs Drink some coffee Finish getting dressed Write a poem Have a quick rest. Now its green, and I must go Until next time, Ill miss you so.SARA LANE Observer StaffElaine Person: Living with a beautiful addiction PHOTO BY SARA LANE THE OBSERVEROrlando poet and writer Elaine Person, top center, has built a career out of living and teaching the art of the written word. She sat down with the Observer to discuss what compels her about writing and how her philosophy on life lends itself to written journeys of discovery.

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Page 10 JAN. 5Creald School of Art will host Night of Fire and Winter Open House on Sat urday, Jan. 5, to kick off the new year. The second Annual Night of Fire fea tures campus-wide activities includ ing a live bronze sculpture pour, kiln ring, free workshops, and handmade clay lantern displays at the main cam pus. The Night of Fire open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. with a gal lery reception for Directors Choice III starting at 6 p.m. on the Creald cam pus at 600 St. Andrews Blvd. in Winter Park. This exciting event is free.JAN. 6Time to make good on new years resolutions with the Asbury I CAN 5k on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. The race kicks off at 220 W. Horatio Ave. in Maitland. All proceeds will be used to feed hungry children through support of local food banks. Call 407-6445222, email connect@asburyumc. com, or for race registration forms visit asburyumc.comJAN. 9 On Wednesday, Jan. 9 clowns will blend the magic of the circus with the importance of reading during Reading with Ringling Day. After a lively rendi tion of a circus-themed book, theyll engage the audience with juggling, plate spinning and other silly and dynamic demonstrations previewing The Greatest Show on Earth. The li brary events are free and everyone is invited. Its from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Maitland Public Library. For more information call 407-647-7700 or visit maitlandpubliclibrary.orgJAN. 10The Jewish Community Center of South Orlando is hosting a Winter Open House on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Meet new mem bers, enjoy refreshments, speak with program directors and instructors, and learn about all of our wonderful winter programs. RSVP to the Wel come Center. JAN. 12The READing Fest is a festival of op portunities for those with a love of reading and writing. The Maitland Fire Department will be reading books, and there will be puppet shows. Its a great opportunity to work with local writers. Children will work with local authors, poets and artists to create a fusion work of visual art and cre ative writing, as well as hearing City Council members read some of their favorite picture books. Its from 2-4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12 at the Maitland Public Library. JAN. 14 Art and History Museums Maitland (A&H) offers an exciting lineup of classes and workshops for children and adults, beginning the week of Jan. 14. Participants can choose from classes and workshops including painting, drawing, stained glass, jew elry, pottery, and much more. Classes are instructed by professional artists and educators. Class registration can be done online at www.ArtandHistory. org or by phone at 407-539-2181, ex tension 265.ONGOINGSign your children up for winter and spring sports leagues in Maitland, now through Jan. 13. Sports leagues are for ages 5-19, depending on league, ranging from soccer to ag football to baseball and softball. Visit Independencelane.com for a link with all the details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Red and green sprinkles the room with cheer, and a sweetly decorated Christmas tree each branch holding sparkling ornaments, toys and twinkling lights bright ens up the corner where one very special man plans to sit. An old-fashioned quilt is laid over his chair, ready for his robust tainly ready for little ones to plop right down on his red and white enter the room, they sprint to the gazing up at that big chair for Santa Claus. Music is playing, some people are singing, but others are quietly signing along instead. An elf pops in, excitedly chat ting the children up about Santa Claus arrival, her hands moving with just as much pep and speed as her happy voice. This time, Santa has come with not only the special talent of just being Santa Claus, one of the coolest guys around during Christmastime, but he also comes with the skill of sign language. But the children werent surprised to learn that he could talk to them; he is Santa af ter all. They all sat waiting, shout ing and signing 2, 1, come on Santa! It was like natural, they just really expected it, said Wanda McCann, Santas elf and wife. Their eyes were as wide as their faces, they were so excited, said Allison Gould, who is in charge of volunteers for the Center for Independent Living. The Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Winter Park, a resource for education, training and empowerment for people with disabilities, held a Christmas party for their deaf clients and families on Dec. 13. The party had a signing Santa Claus and elf, a signing storyteller to tell The Night Before Christmas, and lots of food and fun. Its one of the only places in Central Florida deaf children and parents are able to communicate with a Santa who speaks their language. They want their child to expe rience the same as any other children at Christmas, to feel includ ed in society, Gould said. For have been able to speak to Santa in this way we try to get them their Christmas wish. To see their faces light up when Santa was signing to see the kids being accepted for who they are, said A.C. McCann, who plays Santa. It gives me a sense A.C. is a pastor at the First Bap tist Church of Apopka, where he and his wife Wanda hold church services for deaf people in their community. A.C. speaks and signs, while Wanda signs along with him. They were a young couple when their lives got a surprise launch into the deaf community more than 40 years ago. Wanda one morning about a month after she realized her world was silent. I woke up one morning, deaf, Wanda said. The couple immediately sprung into action, learning sign language together to cope with their new life. They began sharing their love of church with others in the deaf community, and A.C. and Wanda began on the path that led them where they are today. Then, nine months after that silent morning, Wanda woke up with hearing in one of her ears. But their connection to the deaf community was not gone, and they have continued to work with deaf people at the First Baptist Church of Apopka. Last year, when they were asked to join the Center for Inde pendent Living as Santa and elf, they were thrilled. The party ca ters to deaf and hearing children and parents, giving everyone an opportunity to join the fun. Theres the same nervousness at ing Santa can be intimidating, and they ask for the same types of gifts cars, dolls and puppies A.C. said. they ask and the fact that before, their parents might not have been able to know what they were ask ing for. Now they can see the little secret Christmas wishes. Now they get to share in their childs excitement, Wanda said. Every child deserves to have a normal Christmas, and Santa brings that sense of normalcy, Gould said. It was truly heart warming.PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVINGSanta Claus said hello with sign language at a Christmas party for deaf clients Dec. 13. SANTAPastor A.C. McCann and his wife Wanda McCann have been working in the deaf community for more than 40 years, and play Santa Claus and elf at ChristmastimeBRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff The Center for Independent Living in Winter Park is a resource for education, training and empowerment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit CILOrlando. org or call 407-623-1070. For more information about Pastor A.C. McCann and his church services at the First Baptist Church of Apopka, including services that he uses sign language, visit FBCApopka.net SIGNING They want their child to experience the same as any other children at Christmas, to feel included in society. For many it was the first time they have been able to speak to Santa in this way we try to get them their Christmas wish.

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Page 11 Now through March 31 Gorgeous glass at Orlando Museum of ArtThrough its new exhibit Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass the Orlando Museum of Art joins a celebration of glass that includes more than 160 events at museums and gal leries nationwide. The Orlando exhibit features 65 works by renowned artists including Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Christopher Ries, Lino Tagliapietra and others. Most of the works, select ed from private collections, have never before been in a museum exhibit. Special events based on the exhibit include: a parent and child art adventure on Jan. 11; a family make and take event on Jan. 20; and a lecture and tour with William Warmus on Jan. 20. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart. orgFree Fridays at the Morse MuseumThe Morse Museum world famous home of the largest collection of works by Louis Free Fridays from now through April, every Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. This beautiful museum a true Winter Park treasure is located at 445 N. Park Ave. Call 407-645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.orgJan. 4 The Art & History Museums Maitlands Ladies Art LoungeA&H Museums Maitland begins the new year with a new program focusing on friendship and creativity called the Ladies Art Lounge. Created for women who want an evening out with friends (while learning and creating), the program is scheduled for beginning Jan. 4. Each evening will feature an A&H faculty member in a program in which 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. features Cindy McDowell leading a program in which patrons create their own piece of pottery. To register, call 407-539-2182, extension 265, or visit ArtandHistory.orgJan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 Lakeridge Winery Music Series free winery tours and tastings seven days a week, and we are all invited to their Winter Music Series every Saturday in January Saturday afternoon. There is no charge for admission or parking, and guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating. There will be food and beverage vendors serving a variety of items including Lakeridge wines by the glass. The musical line-up includes: Jan. 5 BlueTrain; Jan. 12 Old School; Jan. 19 Baby Blues; and Jan. 26 Tory Wynter. Visit lakeridgew inery.comJan. 10 to 13 Built to Amaze! circusThe Greatest Show on Earth will present Built To Amaze!, surprises, in Orlando Jan. 10-13. Elephants and tigers join acrobats and aerialists from around the globe to create this familyprecision. The performers are joined by clowns, an orchestra, and a wonderland of animals for a performance of non-stop thrills, immersing us in the circus traditions we love. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileys Built To Amaze! is open an hour before show time with the pre-show available free to all ticket holders. Visit Ringling.com or call 407440-7900.Jan. 11 Culture & Cocktails The Art of the TheatreThe Art & History Museums Maitlands popular Culture & Cocktails event continues on Friday, Jan. 11, with a not-to-bemissed group show titled The Art of the Theatre. Featured artists are Cindy White, Huaixi ang Tan, and Kristen Wheeler, who celebrate theatre through their costume design, set design and theatrical photography. This one-night-only exhibit held Jan. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. showcases the artwork from initial sketches to completed project. Wheeler is inspired by vintage Hollywood, while Tan Huaixiang is a tenured professor in costume and makeup design at Theatre UCF. Cindy White is internationally re nowned for her scenic design, art direction and theme park design. Admission is $5 including one drink ticket. Visit ArtandHistory. org or call 407-539-2181.Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. through Sunday, January 13 Park Avenue and Hannibal Square stores offering merchandise from merchandise from 50-75% OFF! t h h r ou g h g Thursday, January 10 For additional information, visit experienceparkavenue.com. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar 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, Wed, Thu 6:30, 9:15 Tue 6:30 Only Cult Classics: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Tue 9:30 Midnight Movies: DJANGO Fri & Sat 11:59PM Ringling Bros. January 4

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Page 12 Hips move and groove as the Black Eyed Peas bump from the stereo, its a warm-up for the ex ercise class and a touted secret to staying youthful. Keep those hips moving and youll stay feeling young, the teacher says. Class attendees move from ex ercise to exercise, working their abs, kicking up their feet, and some of them even touching their toes. Every weekday, the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program meets at the Roth Jewish Community Center (JCC) for an exercise class made for seniors. Its one of doz program, which was developed by Healthways and has a partner ship with more than 40 Medicare members for free. As of Jan. 1, the program will be added to the list will give 50,000 more seniors ac Alice Gerken, the associate dis trict manager for Healthways for Florida, said theyve been working hard to alert their new poten tial participants, and will continue to do research and make sure that everyone will have enough qual ity locations for the program. 88141 PR AD WPO 1/2013 Winter Pa rk's Distinctive Retirement Community www.themayflower.com 1620 Mayflower Court Winter Park, FL 32792 The Mayf lower. Smart. Secure. And Spectacular.Close your eyes and think continuing care retirement community for a second. What do you see? Park-like grounds and walking trails? A pool and f itness center? A formal dining room? Perhaps. But what about your own faux f ireplace? Hardwood f loors? Designer kitchen with granite countertops and custom cabinetry? Closet systems? At a retirement community . seriously? Seriously. At The Mayf lower, you have the freedom and f lexibility to customize your home and your retirement lifestyle to make them uniquely yours. And while youre having fun doing that, youll also have the guarantee of pre-funded long-term care. Thats what prompted residents like Ann and Pete Cross to plan ahead and proactively make the move . because they wanted to, not because they needed to. How about you?Whats your plan for the future? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620. PRETTY AMAZING FOR ALONGTERM CARE PLAN [ dont you think? ] MAY 914 Cross Ad_WPO.indd 1 12/10/12 2:30 PM Senior tness program expands accessAs of Jan. 1, Florida the SilverSneakers Fitness Program for free to its members, giving access to the exercise program to more than 50,000 more seniorsBRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Please see SNEAKERS on page 19 PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE OBSERVERSeniors get t at the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at the Roth Jewish Community Center, which boasts of success stories getting wheelchair-bound seniors on their feet again. I can touch my toes and do things that a lot of my friends cant do. When I leave here I feel wonderful. Sylvia Brown, 72

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Senior Solutions and Services ... Square One for Seniors across Central Florida All In One Place One Senior Place ... VITAS Innovative Hospice 50plusFYI.org After 55 AGED Alzheimers & Dementia Resource Center Arden Courts Memory Care Baldwin -Fairchild BetterHearingForLess.com Brookdale Senior Living CarePlus Health Plans Certified Financial Group Cha Bill & Associates Creating Divine Order Compass Research Eastbrooke Gardens ElderMove Managers Emeritus Senior Living Estate & Business Planning Group Exit Real Estate Results Family Physicians Group Forever Young Magazine Genworth Financial Agency Grand Villa Altamonte Humana Life Care Centers of Altamonte Springs & Orlando Longwood Healthcare Center Medicare Plan Options Oakmonte Village at Lake Mary On Target Web solutions One Senior Place Care Management Orlando Family Physicians Orlando Senior Health Network Physician Associates Price Financial Services Savannah Court & Cottage of Oviedo Savannah Court & Cove of Maitland Senior Living Guide Senior Partner Care Services Serenades by Sonata Spring Hills Lake Mary The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia The Law Offices of Hoyt and Bryan Villa Grande on Saxon Village on the Green WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Winter Park Towers Come in and meet our Resident Businesses! All Senior -focused, and all under one roof! 715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 OneSeniorPlace.com 407.949.6733 Open Monday-Friday ~ 8:30am to 5pm Revolutionizing the way America shops for Elder Care and Services. Presented in the VITAS Auditorium and Conference Center at One Senior Place 1 2 3 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9-3 Exit Real Estate Results 4 Womens Inspirational Hour 121 By Price Financial Services RSVP 407.949.6732 5 6 7 SENIOR CLUB -BINGO Day,10 1 By Family Physicians Group QUIT SMOKING NOW PROGRAM 10:30 11:30 Register 18772526094 Healthy Cooking for 1 or 2, 3 5 By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Services RSVP 407.949.6727 8 Crafts & Conversation, 2 -4 By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Services RSVP 407.949.6733 Medicare Educational Workshop 34:30 By Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407.949.6723 9 Why do hearing aids cost so much? 34:30 By Harmony Hearing RSVP 407.545.4098 10 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9-3 Exit Real Estate Results Savings Bond Seminar, 2-4 By Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407.949.6723 11 12 13 14 SENIOR CLUB Computer Club, 10 1 By Family Physicians Group Fall Prevention Program, 2 -4 By Senior Partner LIMITED SPACES MUST RSVP 407.949.1525 15 Planning for a Long Life, 10:30 12 By Genworth Financial Agency RSVP 407.949.6722 AARP Medicare Complete, 1:30 -3:30 By Genworth Financial Agency RSVP 407.949.6722 Senior Survival Workshop, 2 -4 The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia RSVP 407.478.8700 16 Why do hearing aids cost so much? 34:30 By Harmony Hearing RSVP 407.545.4098 17 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9-3 Exit Real Estate Results 18 19 20 21 SENIOR CLUB Movie Day 101 By Family Physicians Group 22 23 Medicare Educational Workshop 10:30 12 By Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407.949.6723 Why do hearing aids cost so much? 3-4:30 By Harmony Hearing RSVP 407.545.4098 24 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9-3 Exit Real Estate Results 25 How to Communicate When Logic Doesnt Work 13:30 By ADRC RSVP 407.843.1910 26 27 28 SENIOR CLUB Casino Day 101 By Family Physicians Group 29 Elder Law Workshop 9:3012:30 Estate Planning Workshop 2-4 By The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan RSVP 407.977.8080 30 Pet Appreciation Day, 9 3 By Genworth Financial and The Law Offices of Hoyt and Bryan Why do hearing aids cost so much? 34:30 By Harmony Hearing RSVP 407.545.4098 31 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9-3 Exit Real Estate Results Check out our full calendar of events on our website at OneSeniorPlace.com.

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Page 18 at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted CDC says u has arrived hard and earlyHow to leave money to someone who cant handle moneySanta visited Centra Care with what he thought was a cold. Fortunately for Santa, Centra Care physicians completed symptoms early and prescribing antiportant to understand, antiviral medication must be taken within 48 hours of the Flu season usually peaks in January, but just in the last three weeks the Cen ters for Disease Control and Prevention Florida, Centra Care physicians started even saw an overall increase of 62 per cent in adult cases just last month. Dont yet, now is the time. strain, which typically causes more severe symptoms and health risks than most other circulating strains. The good around, including protection against N3N2. Centra Care physicians warn that get worse over the next couple weeks. can be extremely dangerous. Typical in fever, headache, cough and lethargy. Centra Care physicians advise the public to: hands with soap and water frequently. Keep your hands away from your face. shot immediately. about two weeks to reach maximum immunity. Anyone who wants to reduce get vaccinated. is the single best protection against the related complications. Including: people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high-risk people. are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead. Central Florida urgent care clinics; most are open late and weekends. Walk in anytime, or visit centracare.org to schedule an online no-wait reservation, and out-of-pocket cost to seniors who bring their Primary Medicare card. Centra Care Yes, we love our children. And if were blessed with a legacy to leave behind, we all want our children to enjoy it. But some of our adult children are more mature with handling money than others. Many families have adult children who have issues that preclude leaving them lump sum. For example, you may not want to leave a lump sum to children with the following issues: ping addictions trustworthy spouses would come after your child if he or she via Medicaid or other need-based social til they spent all their inherited money. petent. If any of the above situations apply, you should consider meeting with an attorney who is experienced in the areas of family law, estate planning and special needs planning. What is a trust? A trust is a legal entity designed to hold proper planning, your child will not inherit your wealth directly. Instead, the assets would come under the ownership of the trust. And when you set up the trust, you can determine the circumstances and crite ria by which the trust will release money to Of course, after your death, you wont be around to do it directly. But you can write the instructions into the language of the trust, and leave it up to an executor to follow those instructions on your behalf. For example, you can write language into the trust to accomplish the following: come, to be paid out only over the life exnumber of years. of milestones, such as graduation from high school or GED, graduation from an accredited drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, marriage or upon reaching certain ages. each month that will not disqualify your child from receiving Medicaid or other what this amount is, but it is generally around $1,700 per month or less. alcohol tests or staying out of trouble with the law. tive, keep in mind the following principles: Be realistic. Make sure the goals are at tainable for your children. The perfect may be the enemy of the good. Your children are not perfect people, just as you arent. Design your incentives and conditions thinking of the heirs you actually have, not the heirs you wish they were. Set reasonable milestones. For someone with a lifetime of addiction, a month of so year goal with no midpoints may seem like too much even to strive for someone early in recovery. Set some reasonable early and mid-point objectives to help them along their path. clear, so there is no room for argument with the executor. Either the drug test came back clean or it didnt. Either the col lege student graduated with a bachelors degree or got a GED or he didnt. Gray areas are nothing but trouble. Build in an emergency plan. You may ity in the event of an emergency, such as an unexpected disability, illness, injury, control. Build in an escape hatch to allow for the unexpected in life. Penny wise, pound foolish. Often we tend to go to the web for legal forms. It is important you consider meeting with a live attorney who is experienced in the areas of family law, estate planning and special needs planning. We would be happy to recommend someone in the legal circumstances. Structuring your legacy is one of the most important pieces of the retirement process, and many times it is overlooked. A SafeHarbor strives to help our family of clients to have an estate plan/legacy plan in place. We strive to add real value to our clients and we fully realize that relation ships are built over time, not transactions. Call A SafeHarbor today for your complimentary copy of Understanding Trusts A Look at Living Trusts and Other Trusts.Bob Adams is president of A SafeHarbor, a rm specializing in assisting families in having a calm retire ment when faced with stormy nancial waters. Visit aSafeHarbor.com or call 407-644-6646 for more information. Bob AdamsFinding the calm in rough waters A SafeHarbor Set reasonable milestones. For someone with a lifetime of addiction, a month of sobriety is a major achievement and a five-year goal with no midpoints may seem like too much even to strive for someone early in recovery. Set some reasonable early and mid-point objectives to help them along their path.

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Page 19 Its very important that our seniors have access to this be cause were all living longer and we want to live the best life we can, she said. Exercise is important, its a solution for them to take control of their health, to be independent. Proven benets SilverSneakers has been prov en to help older adults manage their health and increase strength, balance and endurance. The exer cise and nutrition guidance and in the program is said to lower the risk of chronic diseases, heart disease and depression, and can help keep seniors living indepen dently. Patricia Scalon, 73, and her husband Patrick Scalon, 83, head to the program at the JCC theyve felt better than ever. Ive always got more energy when I come home, Patricia said. I have more endurance, I hope my bones are getting stronger. I feel invigorated after the class, Patrick said. Many, including Patrick, joke that they measure success by how close they are to touching their toes. I can touch my toes and do things that a lot my friends cant do, said Sylvia Brown, 72, who comes with her 98-year-old fa ther-in-law. When I leave here I feel wonderful. The class keeps them moving for the entire 45 minutes, featur ing cardio exercises to keep up their heart rates. While every one can move and work at his or her own pace and ability, its not easy, and there arent any builtin breaks. But the instructors are always there to keep them going. Sherre Myers has been teaching SilverSneakers classes since 2004. She noticed at her gym there were lots of seniors, but no one catering to their needs. They were so loyal, getting together every day at the gym, and incredibly ing them became her niche. She knows everyones name in the class at the JCC, educates them on how each exercise is helping them, and gives personal attention when her members need a little nudge. In a setting like this you are looked at, you are attended to, when you call out someones Myers said. Why treat them like theyre on their last breath? They Holly Foster, 68, teaches at Crescent Fitness in Winter Springs, and feels like SilverSneakers has given her a purpose after retiring from a career in dancing and iceskating. She incorporates her past when she coordinates Rockettestyle kick lines for the members, and they love it. We dont want to get old and sedentary; the more you do, the more you can do, Foster said. We want a good quality of life. Focusing on preventative care Its amazing the improvements that Myers and Foster have said theyve seen in their members be cause of SilverSneakers. Seniors have lost weight, lowered their and bounced back from heart at tacks. Myers had one member who never got out of his chair during the class, and now not only does he shake his Shakira hips with the best of them while standing, hes walking without a cane. Myers said she is happy that more insurance companies are ness and preventative care, and loves watching her class members gain strength, health and happiness from the program. She says its the most important thing you can do. Whats better than a healthy life? she said. St. Dorothy Catholic CommunityLove Without Judgment where ALL are welcome301 New England Avenue Mass: Sundays@11:00AM www.stdorothycatholiccommunity.org SAINT DOROTHY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IS A PROGRESSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY (Respectfully not associated with the Diocese of Orlando) WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME! We have continued the reformed true Catholic Tradition in the Spirit of Vatican Council II! Are you divorced, gay, a recovering Catholic, feeling disenfranchised by your present worshiping community of whatever denomination, looking for a small worshipping community where you are known and not lost in the crowd? Then you have found what you are looking for in St. Dorothy Catholic Community! 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 communitybased 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)728-6234 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 Chuck Lee, MA, MBAPresident, Chief Executive Ocer Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative CareDavid L. Jones, CPA, MBAChief Financial Ocer Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care To nd a SilverSneakers Fitness Program near you, visit silversneakers.com. The Roth Jewish Community Center, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, has classes ve days a week. Visit orlandojcc.org or call 407-645-5933 for schedules. Classes are also offered in Seminole County, including at Crescent Fitness, located at 300 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs. Visit crescentgym. com or call 407-322-2099 for information. SNEAKERS | JCC gets seniors moving and educates them on how exercise improves health and longevity CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Plan your weekend withThe Weekender!Visit wpmobserver.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"

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Page 20 Is this the year youll choose to stop driving? Are you pre pared for that? Here are some thoughts, after reading a recent report by the Urban Land Institute, about what we might tend to want as a group. They have us broken down into age groups: LeadingEdge Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1955, and the Silent Generation, ages 67 to 80 years old. We Leading-Edge Boomers dont especially want to move to a seniors-only residence where were surrounded by other seniors. Weve been active, and we want to stay active. Well tend to do more ordering online or having items delivered by UPS and FedEx. Boomers tend to live in the suburbs and want to stay in our own homes. If we do move, it will probably be to a place where cars arent as necessary but goods and services will be nearby. The Silent Generation will consider warmer climates and co-housing village areas where services are brought to us. There will be those who prefer the hub bub of downtowns with a mix of young and old, but with culture, libraries, walk-friendly streets and stores in easy reach. Both groups might choose from college towns (to live near children and take advantage of on-campus activities), manufac tured housing, co-housing and group living (multigenerational), munities (bringing people to gether based on shared interests). At some point, however, driving will become an issue. Where do you want to be when that happens? Before driving becomes a question in anyones mind, consider taking a seniors driv ing class, and maybe a refresher every year. Get a head start on knowing the physical changes that happen to all of us that can impact driver safety.Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to columnreply@gmail. com. 2012 King Features Synd. Inc. 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701(407) 691-3009 (407) 679-2135 Visit us on the web @ www.binsons.com r fntbt f rtt ftbt bt bnr nr rt b bb f b tb off trtnCoupon redeemable for cash, check or credit card purchases only. Not redeemable for insurance transactions. Excludes custom/special orders & nutritional supplements. May not be combined with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value. Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing rfntbnbnnnn nnnrr rbt Most Older People Have DiverticulosisDEAR DR. DONOHUE:I am a 78-year-old female,active and in good health or so I thought. I eat right and never smoked or drank alcohol. Yesterday,a colonoscopy showed severe diverticulosis. The doctor prescribed Benefiber,then left and never returned. I am stunned. What do I do now? Will I have this forever? Am I unhealthy? How does one develop diverticulosis? What the difference between osisand itis? S.K. ANSWER:Your world isnt collapsing. Youre healthy. Youll have diverticulosis forever. By age 60,half of the people in North America have it. By age 80,two-thirds have it. A diverticulum is a bulge of the inner colon lining through the colons muscular wall to its outer surface. A diverticulum looks like a small soap bubble. Its only 1/5 to 2/5 inches (0.5 to 1 cm) in diameter. You can thank our diet for diverticulosis. We refine flour and throw away its bran the outer coat of grain. In countries where whole grains (including the bran) are commonly used,diverticulosis is a rarity. Bran and other fiber hold water in undigested food. Without fiber,the food residue dries and becomes hard. The colon muscles have to generate a great deal of force to keep it moving. That force causes the colon lining to pop through the colon wall as a diverticulum. For most,diverticulosis is a silent condition that remains silent for life. For a few,the diverticulum breaks and causes a local infection in the colon diverticulitis. The pain of a diverticulitis attack is usually felt in the lower left corner of the abdomen, and sometimes people have fever and chills along with the pain. The attack is treated by resting the tract and by giving antibiotics. Were supposed to get 30 grams of fiber a day. Fruits (especially those with edible skins),many vegetables and whole-grain products are the source of dietary fiber. If people cannot get enough fiber in their diet,then commercial products like the one youre taking fill the gap. Metamucil, Perdiem,Citrucel and Fiberall are other examples. The booklet on diverticulosis explains the ins and outs of this very common disorder. To order a copy, write:Dr. Donohue No. 502W,Box 536475,Orlando,FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipients printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE:My husband has chronic blepharitis and frequently develops hard buildups in both eyes that cause great discomfort. The doctor must remove them two times a month. What can be done to prevent them? S.R. ANSWER:Blepharitis (BLEF-uhRYE-tiss) is inflammation of the eyelid margins,which become red and crusty. The crust can build up into hard deposits. A twice-a-day program of lid cleansing might eliminate the crusts. Have your husband apply warm compresses (a wet washcloth) to closed lids for five to 10 minutes and then massage the lids. After the massage,he cleanses the lid margins with a cotton-tipped applicator dipped in a solution of one part baby shampoo and one part water. The doctor might have to prescribe an antibiotic ointment. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 328536475.2009 North America Synd.,Inc. All Rights ReservedHow Does Your Hospital Rate?It really DOES matter what hospital you go to when you need care. Your life could depend on it. So says the seventh annual study by HealthGrades. This is the same group that tracks doctors,hospitals and nursing homes and assigns a grade for the level of care. Its latest study reveals that your risk of death can be cut as much as 27 percent if you get your care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.To get that designation,a hospital has to pass a long list of criteria. The HealthGrades Web site [www.healthgrades.com] lists by state all of the Distinguishedhospitals. You can search (for free) for grades on a given hospital for any of dozens of medical conditions. Look for Research Hospitals on the front screen of the Web site. Its when you want a full report on a hospital that you have to pay a fee. Youll also have to pay a fee to check out a specific doctor or nursing home it costs money for the report. A much easier way to check on a hospital or doctor is on the governments Health and Human Services website [www.hospitalcompare.hhs .gov]. The HHS layout lets you compare multiple hospitals,right on the same screen. The information is very comprehensive,too. For example,one question concerns the percent of surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time,within one hour before surgery. This is a small detail maybe,but crucial to ones recovery. To find out if there is a Distinguishedhospital in your area,check the HealthGrades Web site and then search for details at the HHS site. Still,if youre facing a major medical issue,perhaps paying for the HealthGrades report would give you needed extra information. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions,but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475, Orlando,FL 32853-6475,or send email to columnreply@gmail.com.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc. King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 2-8, 2009 By Samantha MazzottaReusing Wood for FlooringQ:Ive been watching some home-improvement shows on television lately that advocate greenbuilding techniques, including reusing wood from other structures for a homes wood flooring,rather than buying new. What do you think about this trend,and how do I go about doing this? Larry in Tempe,Ariz.A:Recycled wood flooring is a good trend,in my opinion, because rather than chopping down live trees to supply the hardwood for your floor,wood from many types of disused structures or other sources of salvaged lumber can be remilled to give it a second life. There is some concern that the current stock of highquality salvaged wood will run out eventually,but no timetable has been given for that. Recycled hardwood is often of better quality than new hardwoods. Its been curing for many years,resulting in a tighter grain and more stability. Also, much of the current stock of recycled wood originally came from oldgrowth forests,most of which either no longer exist or are protected,and so youre getting high-quality denseness and stability that most new woods cant match. One thing it is not,however,is cheap. Recycled hardwood costs much more than new (Toolbase Services estimates that it runs about $5.75 to $11 per square foot,while new oak flooring runs about $3 per square foot). Recycled wood also must be installed by a professional. Despite the cost,recycled wood tends to be beautiful and durable and a nice conversation piece at parties. If youre interested in having it installed, many flooring contractors are able to procure and install recycled wood. You should check with more than one contractor,though,get estimates,and ideally work with someone who specializes in recycled wood-flooring installation. Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@hotmail.com,or write This Is a Hammer,c/o King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 32853-6475.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc.All types of wood floors need the same type of care: Wipe up liquid spills immediately, dont use harsh cleaners or oil soaps,and sweep,dust mop or vacuum regularly to prevent grit from dulling the finish.Dogs Help Vets Cope With PTSDTheres new ammo in the hunt for a fix for post-traumatic stress disorder. For some veterans,the answers lie in dogs. But not just any dogs. Specially trained dogs are being given to some veterans suffering from PTSD,and in many cases,its working. When out in public,the dogspresence invites social conversation,yet they will place themselves physically between someone approaching and the veteran,who is likely to still be leery of contact. With the dogs,veterans find that theyre able to leave home without fear and can slowly transition to a more normal life. Many of the dogs are trained in prisons in the Puppies Behind Bars program,where they spend a year with specially trained prisoners [www.puppiesbehindbars.com]. To turn the tables a bit,a group called Paws for Purple Hearts [www.assistancedog.org] allows veterans with PTSD to become trainers for dogs that will assist veterans with physical disabilities. Run by Bergin University in California,the Paws program gives a needed sense of purpose to veterans with PTSD,as well as the grounding and self-worth that come from knowing theyre working to help someone else. In this case its a veteran with physical disabilities. For more information,call PPH at 707545-3647 ext. 28. Steps also are being taken to head PTSD off at the pass,again using dogs. Combat Stress Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan are shipped over with therapy dogs that quickly become popular with service personnel. The dogs serve,among other things,as icebreakers and stress relievers,inviting conversations that might otherwise not take place. For a real treat,do an Internet search for Boe and Budge,two therapy dogs that were sent to Iraq with a stress team. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service,P.O. Box 536475,Orlando,FL 328536475,or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.2009 King Features Synd.,Inc. King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 2-8, 2009 Were losing World War II veterans at a rate of 900 per day one every minute and a half. The older they get, the higher that number will go. Often, when an elderly vet eran dies, his stories go with him. This was the stoic generation, and men who came back from the war didnt talk about it. Years have gone by, and families still dont know the experiences their veteran had. But time has a way of breaking down that barrier of silence, and many of those veter ans are ready to talk. Thats where you come in. The Veterans History Project, part of the Library of Congress, provides a means for others to record the stories of veterans before the information is lost forever. For WWII veterans, the eligible years of service are 1939 to 1946. If you want to help preserve the history of a World War II veteran, dont delay. Start planning now to do an interview. The Project has a Field Kit with instructions. Stories can be captured via audio or video recordings, or in writing. Best bet: Use a video camera. Pictures add so much to the story. The Project website has instruction on what steps to take, if youre unsure of how to get started and how to proceed. After the interview with your veteran, the whole package is it will be archived forever. Future generations will be able to read and hear their stories. If you dont personally know a World War II veteran, your local veterans service organization will. Once you get started, dont be surprised if other veterans approach you to do their stories as well. Go here for the Project Field Kit: www.loc.gov/vets Make a copy of the interview for the family before you send the package.Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send email to columnreply@gmail.com. 2012 King Features Synd. Inc. Where will you live?WWII veterans have stories to tell We Leading-Edge Boomers dont especially want to move to a seniors-only residence where were surrounded by other seniors. Weve been active, and we want to stay active. Well tend to do more ordering online or having items delivered by UPS and FedEx. Boomers tend to live in the suburbs and want to stay in our own homes. If we do move, it will probably be to a place where cars arent as necessary. Often, when an elderly veteran dies, his stories go with him. This was the stoic generation, and men who came back from the war didnt talk about it. Years have gone by, and families still dont know the experiences their veteran had. But time has a way of breaking down that barrier of silence...

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Page 21 JAN. 3 The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. at College Park United Method ist 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.JAN. 5Are you ready for a fresh start in 2013? At 10 a.m. on Jan. 5 a Cleansing & Detoxi cation class by Dr. Samadhi Artemisa will be held at Florida School of Holistic Living in downtown Orlando. Come learn about how the body cleanses and puries itself naturally on a daily basis, and how to support these built in systems. Registration is $15 at injoyhealthcare.com or by calling 407-252-1397.JAN. 12AAUW Orlando/Winter Park Branch bountiful breakfast buffet on Saturday, Jan. 12 will be followed by a Beth Kassab, Or lando Sentinel columnist, speaking about Regarding Women: An In-depth View of Womens Status at 9 a.m. in the Church Hall, at the First Congregational Church; 225 S. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park. For information and to make a reservation, please contact Barbara Buchele at 407369-4826 or babuchele@gmail.com by Jan. 9. The cost is $15.JAN. 13The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be hosting the ex hibit The Plot: A Graphic History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. that will feature Lecia J. Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information visit holocaustedu.org or call 407-6280555.MAITLAND SENIOR CENTER EVENTSThe Maitland Senior Center is located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Call 407-539-6251 or visit itsmymaitland.com Are you interested in art, history, health, and entertainment? Then join us on the rst and third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. for our Senior Speaker Series. Each month we will cover a broad range of top ics that everyone will enjoy. Come join us for an educational and fun time! Join Audrey every Tuesday in January at 10:30 a.m. for Line Dance Lessons. The class is an hour and a half, and is perfect for both beginner and intermediate danc ers. Cost of the class is $4 to the teacher. Join John every Monday, Thursday and Friday in January at 9 a.m. for Yoga. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat. Cost of the class is $2 to the teacher. Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you like making new friends and sharing your favorite patterns? Then join our Knit & Crochet group meeting every Monday in January at 10 a.m. Bring your current project and have some fun! And if Mon days dont work for you, we also have another Knit & Crochet group that meets Fridays at 10 a.m. Join us every Monday in January at 1 p.m. for our Conversational French group. Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Join Esther every Tuesday in January at 9 a.m. for Tai Chi classes. Cost of the class is $10 per month to the teacher. Join us every Tuesday in January at 1 p.m. for our Conversational Spanish group. Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Must be uent in Spanish to participate. Join Donna every Thursday in January at 11:30 a.m. for Chair Yoga. Cost of the class is a $2 donation to the teacher. Join Ann every Friday in January for musical recorder classes at 1 p.m. Lessons are free. Please call the Senior Center at 407-539-6251 for specics on this class. The Maitland Senior Center presents a program for elders on the second Friday of the month (Jan. 11 this month) that is staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of El ders). The program provides free unbiased counseling about Medicare, Me digap, HMOs, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long term care. All counseling is rst-come-rst-serve. Bring your list of medications or Rx bottles, insurance card and red, white and blue Medicare card. Join us every third Thursday of the month (Jan. 17 this month) for Bunko beginning at 12:45 p.m.WINTER PARK COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMSThe community center offers a daily program for our older adults from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you are an active adult looking to get in shape or just looking to get out of the house and make see friends, we have something for everyone. Our program offers social, education and health/tness opportunities throughout day. Some of the programs offered are computer education, disease preven tion seminars, wellness activities and social luncheons. Participants must have a city of Winter Park Recreation ID in order to participate. The IDs are free to residents and available at the community center. Some programs and trips may have an additional fee. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information. The Community Center is located at 721 W. New England Ave. Play Pickleball at the Community Cen ter on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noon free with a Recreation ID. The Seniors First Program is free to all seniors 55 and older that reside in Orange County. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and features socialization opportunities, local trips, arts and crafts, games and a daily lunch program. Boomers Boot Camps are offered Tues days and Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon. Your kids are grown; its your turn to play! The class offers interval aerobic exercise for the older adult with plenty of energy to burn. Cost is $5 per class or $25 a month for unlimited classes. Zumba Gold uses the same principles as our regular Zumba class, but targets adults 55 and older. Get some exercise while you dance to Latin rhythms; its so much fun you will not even feel like you are exercising! Classes are the rst and third Wednesday of the month (next class Jan. 16) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free with a Recreation ID Card. Tai Chi Gold classes focus on creating a healthy mind and body through low impact cardio and stretching, geared to wards participants 55 and older. Classes are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (Jan. 8 and 22) from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Free with a Recreation ID Card. Friday Fitness is a 10-week group-train ing program that provides education and training on use of the Community Center tness center equipment to help adults 55 and older gain comfort and condence when working out by themselves. The program is available Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and is free with a Recreation ID Card. An old favorite that is fun for all ages. Come out and try your luck and maybe win a prize during Bingo at the Commu nity Center. The game is played Wednes days from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free with a Recreation ID Card.JCC SENIOR EVENTSThe Jewish Community Center in Mait land is located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. For more information on these and other JCC programs, visit orlandojcc.org or contact Emily Newman at 407-645-5933, exten sion 244. Come experience for yourself how getting healthy can be so much fun at the JCCs Laughter Club, one of the more than 6,000 such clubs in 60 countries! The Club meets Mondays at 11:45am. Laugh ter Yoga is a new and unique way to get healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Its just $10, or free for JCC members. The 39ers are a daytime group who meet in the JCC Senior Lounge ve days a week for diversied programming. Monday is a general meeting day followed by exciting programming. The 39ers member ship consists of couples and singles who enjoy each others company working on projects, volunteering, Sunday afternoon movies, group discussions, theatre, play ing cards and Mah Jongg, etc. The Senior Nite Club is our senior eve ning group who meet the third Thursday evening of every month in the Senior Lounge. They plan events together and meet during the month at restaurants, theatres, etc. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Savannah Court and CoeExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. 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Page 22 Opinions Kids will sometimes just stare at me. Im pretty sure they know it wont be long before Ill make a face, or react, as I do. ent than them, just bigger. I look back, begging them not to give me away in the wrong situation, some sort of a quasi-professional courtesy. My inner child isnt always easy to contain. Its sort of Hulklike, just less green, and more fun. Theres a reason why I can never channel surf beyond Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory We all seek kindred spirits; even if they are make believe. Ive had a few ideas Ive wanted to make happen for more than a year now. This year at Christmas I was determined to ality. I just needed a general plan, and eager cohorts. Id never met Theresa Leigh Smith in person; but Id helped promote some of her local, vocal events. When I was ready to move forward with my yuletide ous conspirator. Her reaction was encouraging, exciting. She teaches 35 students in voice, has a masters in vocal performance. And, lucky for me, she likes to be spontaneous. We planned a meeting at the intersection of Park Avenue and New England, where work well for the slower pace of with three great anchors Tuni, Peterbrooke and Luma on three corners, the other Central Park. We met and she quickly announced shed brought another, Josh Wilson, who shed just been meeting with elsewhere. This sort of encouragement to my ideas was not common, but its still hard to know exactly how to react. Their energy, enthusiasm, I contacted the owner of the Winter Park Wedding Chapel, Su rehearsing there. After hearing so much about this delightful venue, it was surprising Id only zeroed in on its exact location in the past year. She was delight ful and I was again reminded of what can occur when neighbors help neighbors, and get behind an idea they believe is a positive one for a community. Listening to Suzannes English accent was an extra perk. Our initial rehearsal was good, though we had only seven or so participants. Yet, I was already blown away by the sound of participants voices ris patterns of fabric forming a quilt. Im a lover of music, but now felt quite oblivious to what it takes to develop a musical arrangement, and make it work. I observe Theresa and Josh working out details, and realize just how unprepared I was for such on my own. Josh has been playing piano since he was 15, and makes Theresas requests happen easily. They speak the same language. She stood before participants directing them, her obvious abilities serving to make me feel a bit smarter in my own. For a number of days we were recruiting. We had another re hearsal on Friday evening, which also grew in attendance. I ran into City Manager Randy alerted him to our plan. I wanted a bucket, a way to lift my mascot, Parker, skyward, a local-shift on a bird of peace. That never worked out. I also stopped by the Winter Park Police Department, to let them know what was afoot. By the time Christmas Eve ar rived, I was nervous. I messaged Theresa on Facebook. She reassured me she was a professional, and knew what she was doing. Id seen her at work, thought of that, and calmed. I switched to cane lights to Parker. Just before 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve the square was getting busier. I saw the van for WESH 2, which was to cover it, and my fretting was back. Wed talked on the phone earlier and Im guessing Im the only one who ever quoted Elf in a phone inter view: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. A brief pow-wow and I was grown. Some of the word was purposefully out. Parker planted himself on the corner and several passersby requested photos. I tried to stay attentive to the cue. The music started, rising from the Luma corner. Parker began to conduct. I thought of boat trips on rough water sky, water, sky, water. From inside that large head, I saw blue sky, then black pavement as furious conducting took hold. I could hear, somewhat see, but neither terribly well. I closed my eyes as it didnt really matter and focused on the music, how it sounded, words I could somewhat make out but knew for certain were there. Id anticipated a total time of seven minutes, but it was surely Tuni was soon talking into Parkers eye, saying it was adorable. largest group of participants, of fered a thank you to the WESH 2 reporter who carried a bit live, then had reports of the event at both 6 and 11. I yelled out of the head: Thank you! I looked back on the whole event, photos and video, took note of the smiles and laughter, the joy I saw from participants and onlookers. I saw a comment on Facebook of a father whose daughter had crawled up onto his laptop to watch a clip. It felt great. At the very end, there in Cen tral Park, there was some discussion, congratulations, a comment of great job. It was all Theresa. I tried to communicate from inside that head. Youre a wise owl, a lady responded. That seemed a compliment for Parker and he nodded. mas Eve I will always remember.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 MooreClyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Holiday ash mobPHOTO BY CLYDE MOORE THE OBSERVERParker the Owl directs a chorus of carolers during a holiday ash mob on Dec. 23, orchestrated by I Luv Winter Parks Clyde Moore. We highlight local businesses that are utilizing and selling items made by other locals. Send submissions to iluvwinterpark@earthlink.net Local Luvn Local Eyes and Optics When the owners of Eyes and Optics on Park Avenue wanted to produce a new video to spotlight their services and products, where did they go? They looked locally and got a great new high denition promotion tool produced by Steve Graffham of Winter Park Photography. Depending on complexity of video and desired messaging, it can be produced with as little as one day of lming. These videos can be used on social media from Facebook to Twitter, or they can be loaded onto an iPad for a trade show or individual presentations. The same video can even be shown in high denition on a big screen. The music started, rising from the Luma corner. Parker began to conduct. I thought of boat trips on rough water sky, water, sky, water. From inside that large head, I saw blue sky, then black pavement as furious conducting took hold. King Features Weekly ServiceDecember 31, 2012 King Features Weekly ServiceDecember 31, 2012

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Page 23 Louis Roney Play On!Chris Jepson PerspectivesOld Winter Park: A chat on Lake VirginiaIf this is as you areAt Christmas vacation time in 1931, I was in the middle of my sixth-grade year in Winter Park Grammar School. My sister, Peg, was in the fourth grade. My father was a busy member of the Rollins faculty, teaching Romance languages. Our family of four lived in a little house almost on the Rollins campus, at the corner of Fairbanks and Chapman avenues. Chapman was then a dirt street running 100 yards from then-narrow Fairbanks Avenue to the big red brick grammar school facing Park Avenue. Our house was one of three later torn down to make way for the broad racetrack that Fairbanks Avenue is today. That Christmas Day, I ran across the Rollins campus and down to Lake Virginia. The day was chilly and gray. No one was at the lake. I strolled out to the end of one of the long Rollins docks and sat down, thinking of warmer weather and good swimming days to come. Soon I noticed a very well dressed man coming out on the dock in my direction. He had on a three-piece suit and tie. as I had expected, he slowly sat down beside me, his feet dangling almost to the black water. Turning his balding head with its deep-set squinting eyes toward me fullface, he asked me, Do you live here? Yes, sir, I answered. What does your father do? he asked. Hes a professor. Oh, thats interesting. What is his name? Same as mine Louis Roney, I said. What does he teach? he asked. He teaches languages, I answered. He can speak about a hundred of em. And hes one of the best fencers in the world. added, smiling. Oh, he is! I continued to talk full speed and he was an athlete in college and an hes about the smartest person there is anywhere! I launched into a stream of hyperbolic accolades that painted my father as superhuman. My boyish pride in my father led me willingly into some wild exaggerations. I think that I ended up by saying that there had never been anyone on the Rollins campus quite so swell as my dad. My elderly companion rose, and said, I must leave now. I am very happy to have met you, and I am glad you told me about your dad. He must be quite a man indeed. Oh, he is! I said. At the dinner table that night I told my father about my meeting with the kindly gentleman on the Rollins dock. Dad, he was really interested in hear ing all about you Thats nice, Dad said. I made you out to be the smartest man in Winter Park. My goodness, Louis, what did you actually say? Dad asked. Well, Dad, I said you are about the most important person on the whole Roll ins campus. Now, you know that you shouldnt talk like that! Dad said. Well, this man seemed so interested, and he kept askin things, I said. By the way, I added, he said to tell you Hello. Whats his name? Holt, I said. Hamilton Holt. (Dr. Hamilton Holt was at that time president of Rollins College.)About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) issue, so heres a favorite column of his from the past. heal. Terrence Malick Its the premise I cannot buy. Lan guage is a human construct. At some point in our development as a species, a distant ancestor took that gush of lung air and articulated a feeling, a thought, an expression. A warning perhaps. A rush of expressed pain. A rudimentary sentiment of emotion. Who knows the word(s) uttered. Lost in the ether. My third child skipped single words virginal mind and mouth. Does that not express the quintessential essence of humanity? Anyone who ever experienced an older sibling gets the sentiment. It is through language that we build our world. It constructs our universe. It reveals the unknowable. It forms our jump of imagination it was when that distant evolutionary cousin so long ago introduced God into the human equa tion. How else to explain what was then unknowable, but to an unknow able super entity, God? And as our language grew, so did the attributes of our god(s). Power ful beyond description. Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent. All powerful. All knowing. All present. And that is the premise I cannot buy. I recently saw a marvelous movie, Terrence Malicks The Tree of Life. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star, but it is the female lead, Jessica Chastain, who rightly commands our attention. She is the mother of three boys and wrestles with lifes accompanying sorrows, constantly imploring/questioning Gods Some attribute religious overtones to the movies meaning, but that should not prevent one from embracing its artistic pleasures, its humanity. A line softly uttered early in the movie goes to the heart of the human He should heal. This is a statement questioning Gods plan. And it is a fundamental question we should all ask of God. The words attributed to God are Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent. If you are God, you know everything that will ever be, you cannot create a mountain you cannot lift and you are everywhere for all time. So why, if this is as you are, would you not ever so slightly tweak the human model? Knowing what you know? If you knew that on June 8, 1972 American pilots would open their bomb bay doors and rain napalm on sleepwould melt like butter from the arms of screaming innocence (children) as they ran from their burning huts why not tweak the model? Why not ever so slightly change that which you claim to so love? this question masterfully, actually. Just look at the beauty of the universe. As life consumes us all, in every sorrow ful iteration, the universe displays its And God, well, hes a busy chap. A busy beaver. And please dont take it person ally (the sorrow). Its all of a piece, dontcha see. No, actually I do not see. The the cards. He deals deuces to some and aces to others. A rigged game. Yet none of us get to sit it out. We either need a new croupier or a new vocabulary. I opt for words.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 Can I settle my IRS debt? A taxing questionnaire grant them. I put together this short questionnaire for taxpayers to use to determine whether or not they qualify for an IRS settlement. the form seems simple enough, but if you read the instructions carefully you will soon see that most of the work is in assembling and presentinformation in support taxpayers have tried to only to get rejected for failure to comply with the instructions. The IRS receives hundreds of thousands of which do not comply with the instrucstands out. greatly increases the chances of IRS acceptance. The questionnaire In deciding whether or not to pursue should ask yourself the following questions: 1. Are you in bankruptcy proceedings? If so, the IRS cannot consider and will 2. Are you current with all your tax returns? Compromise unless you are completely ments. 3. Are you paying taxes on your current income? now complying with the tax laws. This means you must have the proper amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck and remitted to the IRS or, if you are selfemployed, you must make your quarterly estimated tax payments. 4. Do you own assets having a value (after deducting encumbrances, mortgages and se cured loans) that exceeds the amount you owe the IRS (including penalties and interest)? If the answer is yes, you do not on doubt as to collectability. Points to rememberIf after answering the above questions be right for you, remember the following: You can count on the IRS making several requests for additional information provided. You must respond to these re quests thoroughly and on a timely basis or You must pay a 20 percent non-refundable on doubt as to collectability) you must and the $150 dollar application fee. If your refunded but the 20 percent will be applied to reduce your liability. properly: seek the advice of experienced tax counsel document that must be completed carefully and thoroughly. The IRS is not going to give up something for nothing. You have to prove that it is in the governments best interest to We recommend that you consult with an experienced tax lawyer before submit Peter Pappas is a tax attorney and a CPA. He and his rm, The Pappas Group, have been assisting federal and state taxpayers with their tax and business problems for more than 25 years. For more information call Peter at 407-648-2555, email him at ppap pas@pappaslaw.com or visit www.pappastax.com Peter Pappas Tax Talk You can count on the IRS making several requests for additional information and clarification of the information already provided.

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